[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Construction underway on Cohocton wind farm  

So far, the wind farm is just a dirt field, a staging area to get a wind farm going. After that,

“We start with the roads and the foundations and then we’ll be bringing the turbine equipment,” said UPC Project Manager Chris Swartley.

That’s what’s next in Cohocton, where town leaders and developer UPC Wind have spent years preparing for the field of dirt.

“This has been a long, long process,” said Town of Cohocton Supervisor Jack Zigenfus.

“The town developed its own wind law, UPC did numerous environmental and interconnection studies. This is really the culmination of a long process,” Swartley said.

That long process has been scrutinized by a group of concerned residents.

“We are not against a wind farm in Cohocton, contrary to popular opinion. What we are for is the proper sitting of the windmills,” said Judith Hall, of Cohocton Wind Watch.

She says she wants to make sure the windmills go up a safe distance from the residences and a cemetery that dot Cohocton’s hills.

“It’s a very ill-thought-out project,” Hall said.

Town and state officials haven’t agreed and signed off on the project in recent weeks. But with lawsuits, some permits and construction pending, the dust…and dirt…haven’t settled. Town leaders say they will.

“At the end of the day, the people are going to realize a great benefit, especially locally, especially economically,” Zigenfus said.

The 50-odd turbines will bring the Town of Cohocton about $500,000 a year for at least 20 years. Town leaders say the benefits from that will extend to all area residents.

“We can lower debt–do away with debt–lower taxes, and create a better environment in which to live,” Zigenfus said, as well as an example for other towns preparing for their own field of dirt and some day, their own wind farm.

UPC officials say they hope to complete the Cohocton wind farm by early next year.

By: Kat De Maria


23 August 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.