Siting wind farms requires plan
Recently, there has been
significant interest in wind energy development in New York. Although
the growth of the wind industry is welcomed by many in New York, local
authorities and residents should be concerned about existing or
anticipated proposals from wind energy developers interested in
installing projects within their geographical regions.
Wind energy is an important renewable energy
source. However, it is important to have a comprehensive plan for
siting these high-tech wind facilities across New York state, in order
to avoid any negative impacts upon surrounding areas.
I have recently introduced legislation, S.4608,
which seeks to study the need for a statewide comprehensive plan for
siting wind facilities. Additionally, this bill would place an 18 month
moratorium on any new construction or issuing of new permits for the
construction of wind energy facilities, to enable the task force to
complete its study and make recommendations.
Modern wind turbines stand anywhere from 200 to
400 feet tall.
Projects such as this can have a major impact
on the surrounding area.
Wind energy production facilities have the
potential of causing a significant negative impact on the scenic and
historic character of neighboring local communities.
If one town chooses to have wind farms but the
neighboring town chooses not to, the neighboring town could have all of
the negative impacts with none of the revenue. Furthermore, wind energy
facilities could have a detrimental impact upon entire regions, like
the Finger Lakes, or pathways for migrating birds.
I am not opposed to any responsible use of wind
energy or any other alternative energy sources. As chairman of the
Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business,
as well as a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and
Telecommunications, my concerns are to protect neighboring communities
from the proliferation of wind farms which benefit local towns but
could possibly impact entire regions- economically, as well as
Sen. James S. Alesi is from Monroe County and
represents the 55th District.