Sunset Park environmentalists and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams are calling on the state to invest $200 million into the enhancements wanted to flip a neighborhood port right into a thriving offshore wind energy manufacturing hub.
The upgrades would enable the largely unused 72-acre South Brooklyn Marine Terminal to home a bustling wind turbine meeting hub that may create 1000’s of jobs and greater than 1,500 megawatts of unpolluted energy — sufficient to energy half one million houses for 20 years, in accordance to the state.
The city-owned South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, which is operated by a partnership between Industry City and the Red Hook Container Terminal, is one in all a number of ports competing for the state funds. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which is in cost of the bidding course of, will choose winners later this yr.
The bid for the Sunset Park port was put ahead by Norwegian energy firm Equinor, which plans to use the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal as an meeting web site for the generators in its two offshore wind farms off of Nantucket and Long Island.
Equinor, which was chosen for New York’s first offshore wind solicitation venture final yr, entered into an agreement with British Petroleum in September that allowed BP to purchase 50 p.c of non-operated pursuits in the property of its two wind farms.
Equinor’s South Brooklyn Marine Terminal web site is dealing with off towards 10 different ports for the state funding — together with a 35-acre location in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and two websites in Staten Island. But Sunset Park environmentalists say that the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal is especially deserving of the bid due to the group’s industrial historical past.
“It is an environmental justice community with three peaker plants, the Gowanus Expressway, two solid waste management plants, and a community that is at risk of extreme and recurrent weather events,” mentioned Elizabeth Yeampierre, the director of the environmentalist group UPROSE. “In an industrial area, we need to be building for climate adaptation, mitigation, and resilience.”
The funding would add to the $57 million that Mayor Bill de Blasio promised the terminal in his State of the City tackle earlier this yr. The metropolis funds would go to offshore wind staging, set up, and upkeep efforts.
The terminal, which is the biggest industrial waterfront in the town, is the one web site into account that wouldn’t require in depth reconstruction in order to accommodate the massive vessels and big meeting space of a wind turbine meeting plant, in accordance to UPROSE.
Environmentalists added that the $200 million funding will assist accomplish the local weather targets established by the the state’s new Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which requires that 70 p.c of the state’s electrical energy come from renewable sources by 2030 and that no less than 35 p.c of advantages go to frontline communities.
The state goals to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy in the following 15 years, which is sufficient to energy about 6 million houses, in order to attain its targets.
At an Oct. 28 press convention exterior of the port on thirty ninth Street and First Avenue, activists and native officers urged the state to award the funds to the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.
“This project that was put out by NYSERDA is exactly what this area was designed for,” mentioned Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. “We have the ability to be equitable and make sure that our environment is healthy. What better marriage could you look for?”