Where are all the jobs in New England’s energy sector? They’re out where the energy is harvested, in coal plants and oil burners and nuclear power stations. They’re far removed from the big cities where people want to live, from New York or Boston, places where the space to fit such power stations just doesn’t exist. And if the jobs are out there, then so are the people.
For communities that are lagging behind in demographics or in diversity, lagging in a cultural respect, they need a way to invite new people with their own perspectives and ideas to help keep their communities relevant in a broader degree of recognition. These communities need a booster to keep them alive as the world progresses towards a more shared and global way of sharing. They need innovation. Innovation like sustainable energy dependence.
For Long Island and its many, historic and storied communities, there’s no option to build into the power industry. All the land is private and maintained. There’s no chance of putting up a power plant that brings pollution or the drastic scare of a nuclear powered accident. And as bright and cheerful as the neighborhoods may be, it’s not that sunny all year long. One day of rain or cloudy hour is enough to make solar power undependable. But there is a source of all natural power just waiting for young minds to exploit it: the wind.
As culture progresses and inclusivity and diversity take a front stage to rising developments, new ideas must be tested to help us push away from the old standards that can’t be maintained. New ideas like offshore wind – placing wind turbines in high-wind areas over the water, where there is no land to disturb the wind passing by or dampen its power. Offshore wind is one of the most efficient types of sustainable energy. Even just the change from 12mph to 15mph doubles the energy production of a standard turbine, and these speeds are the norm out on the waves off Long Island.
But why Long Island? There’s no better place. It has an established community focused on innovation and high scale production. It is also a place that could use a substantial boost to a developing cultural community. Energy, whether produced by the wind or by coal, needs to travel in the same electric lines. The turbines need construction and management. The power companies need to be able to sell this energy to consumers in order to compete with the established markets.
This is a futuristic solution, rapidly approaching a modern, attainable reality. It needs those minds that have been trained to think about the future of themselves and the planet to properly manage it and deliver it to a larger scope of others. A diverse and distinct team of people will be able to connect with far more demographics. New York is the melting pot of the US, with dozens of different cultures interconnecting from around the world. And one thing that can bring them together is a cheaper energy bill, one sign of a stronger local economy.
Local energy is always cheaper to roll out and manage than imported energy, which currently accounts for most of Long Island’s energy consumption. Having a local source, produced and staffed by brand new locals with a united ideal set on green energy futures is how Long Island can have a long future. Offering long-term careers to hard workers to set this up is the next step of Long Island’s plan for a more diverse, and powerful community.