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Regulators Approve Long Island Wind Farm Cable Being Built Under Wainscott Beach

Matt Young

New York regulators have approved a proposal to build a transmission cable under a beach in Wainscott, Long Island. The cable will bring power from the state’s first offshore wind project: South Fork Wind.

The state Public Service Commission said the 7.6 mile transmission cable will link the offshore wind farm to a substation in East Hampton.

The developers, Orsted and Eversource, got approval to bury the cable under Wainscott beach.

A group of residents had formed the Citizens for the Preservation of Wainscott to try to block the Town of East Hampton, and then the state, from digging up the town beach.

Their efforts in court and to split from the town to form their own village government failed. They plan to appeal.

The cable is expected to be operational by 2023 and transfer enough energy to power 70,000 homes.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.