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The Potential Impact of Ocean Winds on New Yorkers in the Near Future

A wind farm off the coast of Long Island could soon provide electricity for some consumers in New York. This would mark the first development of wind power in New York State, with the power being derived from the Atlantic Ocean. The project, known as the South Fork Wind project, is of particular importance as it could begin generating power as early as the end of the year.

Challenges in the wind-power industry that have delayed projects in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have cast some doubts on the future of offshore wind farms. Recent cancellations of wind projects have been attributed to global inflation and supply disruptions that have increased construction costs. Despite these challenges, New York is pushing forward with its goal of getting nine gigawatts of power from offshore wind by 2035. For now, the construction of the South Fork Wind project is already underway and is expected to be completed in early 2023.

The plan is to connect 12 turbines planted on the ocean floor off the coast of Long Island to a substation, which will be linked to the power grid that distributes electricity to homes and businesses. The parts for these turbines are being shipped from Connecticut, as the State Pier in New London is closer and lacks any bridges that the turbines would have to navigate. There are also plans to establish factories in New York to manufacture turbine parts and a hub for offshore wind in Brooklyn.

In other news, the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree originates from a family in Vestal, N.Y. after the head gardener at Rockefeller Center spotted the 80-foot-tall tree in their yard. The tree was cut down and brought to Rockefeller Center, where it will be lit with more than 50,000 multicolored LED lights tonight, ahead of the holiday season.

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