Clean energy supporters pushing offshore wind projects

WOODBURY - A coalition of environmentalists, business leaders and labor groups are pushing anew for lawmakers and LIPA officials to consider offshore wind farms that would generate power for Long Island.There are several proposals on the table, including two for facilities off of western Long Island. They would be further offshore than previous ideas; one of them would be as much as 30 miles from land.Putting such plans into action will not be a breeze. Civic groups have fought fiercely against wind projects in the past, arguing that turbines will intrude on scenic beach panoramas, or interfere with wildlife. Also, energy experts say offshore wind technology is somewhat expensive, although it's expected to get cheaper as technology improves. Pro-wind groups say it's still too early to put a price tag on these facilities or how they would affect Long Islanders' electric bills.

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