Gov. Hochul vetoes bill that could have fast tracked Long Beach offshore wind project

The company tells News 12 in a statement that the decision "undermines" New York's commitment to renewable energy.

Kevin Vesey

Oct 20, 2023, 10:02 PM

Updated 183 days ago


Gov. Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that could have helped the development of a controversial offshore wind project in Long Beach.
The bill would have allowed for “alienation of parkland,” allowing New York state to approve a high-voltage transmission cable under the beach in the center of the city.
The cable would have brought electricity under Long Beach, ending at the power grid in Oceanside.
The governor says she vetoed the bill because the company behind the project, Equinor, did not do enough to engage with the Long Beach community.
Molly Morris, president of Equinor Renewables Americas, wrote in a statement,
“The veto of ‘The Planned Offshore Wind Transmission Act’ undermines New York’s commitment to the energy transition and the role offshore wind must play in achieving the state’s renewable energy mandates.”

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