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Sep 17, 2019 12:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Press Sessions Comes To East Hampton For A Conversation About Offshore Wind

Sep 17, 2019 1:54 PM

The first East Hampton installment of the “Press Sessions” series will be a Thursday, September 26, luncheon conversation about the future of offshore wind energy off the coastline of Long Island, and the effects it may have on the environment, near and far.

The event, titled “The Winds of Change: The Future of Renewable Energy on the East End,” is being hosted by the Express News Group and will be moderated by Executive Editor Joseph Shaw. It will take place at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, where lunch will be served for ticket holders. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at EventBrite.com.

The panel taking part in the conversation will include State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association Director Bonnie Brady, Natural Resources Defense Council marine mammals expert Dr. Francine Kershaw, and Deepwater Wind Long Island Development Manager Jennifer Garvey.

The conversation will focus on the burgeoning effort to generate power for millions of homes along the Eastern Seaboard using wind turbines erected in the ocean. Applications are currently pending before federal and state agencies for hundreds of turbines with plans for perhaps thousands more in the offing.

But plans to construct hundreds of industrial-strength energy-generating turbines in the ocean have raised the ire of those concerned about the impacts the noise and electrical emissions may have on migrating fish, whales and birds for which the waters off New England are critical breeding and feeding grounds.

“Wind energy has clearly been made a priority by government officials at the federal, state and local levels,” Express News Group Co-Publisher Gavin Menu said of next week’s forum. “These offshore wind farms are coming — we know that much — so we thought it would be helpful to host a panel discussion with government leaders and engaged citizens who have been following the issue closely to discuss the environmental impacts these projects might have, for better and worse.”

The event itself will be covered in the October 3 edition of The East Hampton Press and on 27east.com.

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