Big changes coming to Brooklyn waterfront:
The Atlantic coast off Long Island features strong steady winds and proximity to some of the most electricity-hungry parts of the United States. So, it’s natural that wind energy companies are setting up shop in New York and New Jersey to tap into that resource.
One of those companies, the Norway-based Equinor, is in the beginning stages of building a $200-million project to upgrade a section of the Brooklyn waterfront. The plan is for this 73-acre area in Sunset Park to stage and assemble giant wind turbines and their towers, in preparation for them to be erected on three sites off the coast of New York. The first of the wind farms is planned to be ready to produce as much as 816 MW of power by 2026.
All told, the offshore wind projects off Long Island will be rated at 3.3 GW and could supply more than one-third of New York City’s average electric demand when the wind is strong. That’s a little misleading, however, since the times of peak wind are at night in the winter and spring when electricity demand is minimal, and the times of peak demand—like a summer afternoon in August—have very little wind. But considering most of the electricity consumed in New York City at present comes from fossil fuel-fired power plants now that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant has closed, every bit of renewable electricity is welcome.