The Latest: Governor praises offshore wind farm proposal

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Posted: Jul 14, 2016 1:45 PM

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on plans for an offshore wind farm off Long Island (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a proposal for an offshore wind farm off eastern Long furthers his goal of supplying 50 percent of the state's electricity from renewable energy by 2030.

He said he is strongly encouraging the Long Island Power Authority to approve the 15-turbine proposal when it meets next week.

LIPA is awarding the project to a company already building the nation's first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island. That 5-turbine project goes online later this year.

The U.S. lags behind Europe and others in development of offshore wind energy. Many offshore wind farms in Europe are already producing hundreds of megawatts of power

Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito is also applauding the plans for an offshore wind farm. She calls it a "game-changer" toward tackling climate change.

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10:35 a.m.

A New York utility says it plans to approve an offshore wind farm off eastern Long Island that would be the nation's largest.

Long Island Power Authority CEO Thomas Falcone tells The Associated Press the utility's board of directors is set to approve a proposal next week for the construction of a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk.

LIPA is awarding the project to a company already building the nation's first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island. That 5-turbine, 30-megawatt project goes online later this year.

The U.S. lags behind Europe and others in development of offshore wind energy. Many offshore wind farms in Europe are already producing hundreds of megawatts of power.

Falcone says the LIPA project could be finished as soon as 2022.

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This story has been corrected to show Long Island Power Authority will contract with company to purchase energy from wind farm, not construct it.