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When It Comes to Offshore Wind-Mayor Bloomberg Gets It!

Brandi Colander

Posted December 14, 2009

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During his trip to Copenhagen, for the historic climate talks, Mayor Bloomberg had the opportunity to visit the Horns Rev 2 offshore wind farm, off the coast of Denmark. The New York Times shows New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg peering out of a helicopter window at what could foreshadow the future of renewable energy in New York. I had the opportunity to view these same wind turbines and am pleased to hear Bloomberg describe them as “impressive” and going a step further by adding that “[i]t gives you a feeling for what it will be, I hope, off the Long Island shore.”

Bloomberg briefly acknowledged the history of difficulty in moving offshore wind proposals forward in New York. However, this has not stopped him from remaining steadfast in his pursuit to move his renewable energy agenda forward.  In New York, Bloomberg is hoping to have a consortium of government agencies and utilities in both Long Island and New York develop what could be the world’s largest offshore wind power complex -- a 700 megawatt renewable energy project expected to cost roughly $3 billion.

Here are more Bloomberg reactions to his offshore wind farm visit in Copenhagen:

“I don’t understand what there is to complain about.”

“Would they rather be staring at a coal plant?”

“It’s a lot better than buying foreign oil.”

Sometimes, you really do have to see it to believe it…and when you do, you often wonder why you can’t have the same. I am glad to see that when it comes to offshore wind -- Mayor Bloomberg gets it!

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