New York-Based Coalition Urges Leaders To Take Action On Offshore Wind Energy Development

Posted by NAW Staff on December 22, 2011 No Comments
Categories : Policy Watch

A broad coalition of New York's environmental, business and labor organizations has called on state and federal leaders to move forward with offshore wind development.

The Wind Works 4 Long Island Coalition set a single, clear message: It is time to get moving and generate much-needed clean energy for New York from offshore wind energy.

‘The diversity of this coalition demonstrates broad and unprecedented support for harvesting the region's abundant offshore wind resource,’ says Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island, a regional not-for-profit organization. ‘As environmental, business, public health and labor groups, we know that offshore wind power means cleaner air, a stronger economy and more jobs.’

"Offshore wind needs to be advanced and embraced as part of our energy mix in order to lead us away from the hazards of fossil fuels," adds Adrienne Esposito, executive director at Citizens Campaign for the Environment. "Our new coalition is here to let Albany and [the Long Island Power Authority] know that we need their leadership to achieve the essential goals of cleaner air, energy independence and cost control."

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