Brooklynites gather to learn where the wind will take them

Originally published in Brooklyn Reporter on September 30, 2019.

SUNSET PARK — It was a science fair on steroids. 

Residents, union members, engineers and politicians gathered on Wednesday in Sunset Park to learn about Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind, two offshore wind turbine projects that are currently underway. The initiatives support Governor Cuomo’s goal to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035 and establish a carbon-free electricity sector by 2040. 

“I’m here to learn how to save the world,” said native Brooklynite Grace Kerr, 63. “I want to be more involved in alternative energy sources. I know nothing about it, and now I have a good idea of the immense planning that goes into everything.” 

The packed-out open house hosted by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) took place at Sims Municipal Recycling, 29th Street and Second Avenue.  

“We’re working to make sure that the workforce matches our investment in this industry, that the workforce is going to reflect the city of New York, as it exists right now,” said State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, who represents portions of Sunset Park.

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