East Hampton: Preparing for the Great Energy Transformation

The South Fork is now in the middle of a Great Transformation from fossil fuel power to renewable energy.

When East Hampton Town set out in 2014 on a quest to produce all its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020, the task seemed far more daunting than it does this year, after the LIPA agreed to buy the power from an offshore wind farm proposed off the coast of Montauk back in January — a project that may provide up to 88 percent of the town’s power.

That wind farm is slated to go online in 2022, which renewable energy advocates now believe is a more realistic date to reach the original 2020 goal.

The town’s Energy Sustainability Committee is working to put together a ‘portfolio’ of green solutions that can be used to reach the goal, and renewable energy advocates shared some of that work with the committee and the public at the committee’s Nov. 20 meeting.

The newest of these resources is a program they’re calling South Fork Peak Savers, a project being lead by Applied Energy Group…

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