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Hempstead Town Blows Past 100,000 Kilowatt Hours

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Published on May 24, 2012

With a high-powered wind turbine at the Department of Conservation and Waterways, Supervisor Kate Murray and the Town of Hempstead have blown past the 100,000-kilowatt hour mark, generating over 128,000 kilowatt hours in just 24 weeks. The wind turbine, erected in December 2011, currently provides power to Long Island's only hydrogen fueling station. This amazing accomplishment confirms Murray's vision that the answer to clean, renewable energy is truly "blowin' in the wind."

Sitting behind the wheel of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered town vehicle -- the fuel created as the result of the wind turbine powering the town's water-to-hydrogen conversion process -- Murray drove through a "finish line" banner marking the passing of 125,000 kilowatt hours.

Murray was joined at an event marking the 100,000 kWh accomplishment at the Department of Conservation and Waterways in Point Lookout by Hempstead Town Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Councilman Gary Hudes and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla. Also attending were representatives from the wind turbine's manufacturer, Northern Power Systems; and installer, Aegis Wind. The town also welcomed the United States Department of Energy, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), Renewable Energy LI, EmPower Solar, Wilke Engineering, the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition, the Lido Beach and Point Lookout Civic Associations and the Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department.

"I am proud to announce that the Town of Hempstead's wind turbine has generated over 100,000 kilowatt hours since December, helping to power Long Island's only hydrogen fueling station," stated Murray. "Powered by the winds off Point Lookout, this wind turbine provides an almost constant supply of clean, renewable energy for the town."

"Wind power is an integral part of our energy future," said Cullin. "I am proud to celebrate this important milestone with Supervisor Kate Murray and our green energy partners."

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