WOLCOTT – Well, it’s official. The Wolcott town board approved and signed a host community agreement with Empire State Wind Energy, LLC to begin the two-to-five-year process of bringing wind turbines, and subsequently wind power, to the town.
Town boards in Butler and Rose approved the same agreements last week.
[The town of Huron, which was initially part of the talks, has hesitated in signing because of questions raised by its residents.]
“This is the most exciting thing I have been looking forward to,” Wolcott Town Supervisor Kim Park said of the signing at the Sept. 18 meeting.
“I’m glad to sign away,” Empire President and CEO Keith Pitman said.
After signing the documents and having them notarized, Pitman expressed his excitement for the project beginning in the town.
“I’d like to extend a thank-you to the town board for supporting this exciting undertaking we are about to embark on here,” Pitman said. “I look forward to it.”
Pitman said in the next few weeks he will be in the area frequently meeting with landowners and setting up test sites to check for adequate wind.
Town Councilman Scott Gregg said “it gets the ball rolling” and allows Empire to continue the feasibility work and begin to talk with individual landowners.
The host agreement also spells out a provision that would give the towns 75 percent of the net revenues from the wind turbines [actually 75% only of net electricity sales —Ed.], once they are constructed and in operation.
Sept. 26, 2007
Erica Younglove, Wayuga Contributing Writer
Wayne County Star
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