First of a dozen wind turbines installed off the coast of Montauk
The first of a dozen wind turbines has been installed off the coast of Montauk as part of the South Fork Wind Project.
The cable for the wind turbine runs underneath on Beach Lane at Wainscott Beach. It will connect to a LIPA substation in East Hampton.
It sits 35 miles off the coast of Montauk and was hosted up on Monday. Eleven more will be installed by next year.
Long Island commercial fishing crews are worried about the impact the wind farm could have on boats.
"If a trawler comes upon one of those cables, they could literally snag on their gear and it could flip the boat, so people's lives could be at risk, it's not just something in the distance that you don't have to worry about," says Bonnie Brady of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association.
Gov. Kathy Hochul's office says the South Fork Wind Project will generate enough power for 70,000 homes.
LIPA says customers could see their bills rise about $1.27 come January to help pay for the project.