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Nightmare from the summer of 2013 when Bortech, a Long Island Power Authority subcontractor, failed in its attempt to run cables from Shelter Island to Greenport.
Power, and who gets it, who uses it and who fights for it, is at play between some Greenport residents and Shelter Island.
Power — electrical and political — is the prize in this battle, with the Greenporters riled up and publicly flogging their elected officials, PSEG and Islanders over the planned digging of a tunnel to house cables running from a Greenport neighborhood to the Heights.
Islanders want to say, “Welcome to our world,” because we’ve been through it. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Julia Weisenberg taking a break in the middle of her workday. She no longer wears business suits or reports to a Manhattan office.
When Julia Weisenberg was an elementary school student on Shelter Island in the mid-1980s, her father, Bill Romanchuk, was an effective voice in the local movement that helped shut down operations at the newly constructed Shoreham nuclear power plant.
LILCO, a precursor of LIPA and PSEG, had built the facility on Long Island Sound near Riverhead. Many feared if it malfunctioned — as other nuclear power plants had — it would be impossible to evacuate the East End. Julia remembers being proud to stand next to her father at a rally. (more…)
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO A Greenport resident speaks at the Greenport Village Board meeting September 15 about the proposed electrical cable project to the Island.
Upset by a PSEG proposal to extend an underground electrical cable to Shelter Island Heights from a residential village street, Greenport residents took their protests to Village Board members on September 15.
They called the plan poorly researched, dangerous and unfair, and said both the village and residents would be forced to deal with loud construction noises and electrical wires running under their street. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | Massive wind turbines out at sea could be a clean solution to Long Island’s energy needs.
A line of speakers testified last week at a state-sponsored hearing at the Suffolk County Center in Riverside on a plan that would have 50 percent of the electricity used in New York in 2030 come from renewable power. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. wants the state to invest in more modern, efficient and less costly energy to combat rising electric prices.
Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) is calling for modernization of Long Island’s energy supply to produce more affordable electricity. (more…)