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Holland prepares for wind energy issues  

With the issue of alternative sources of energy moving more and more to the forefront, Erie County Southtowns and neighboring Southern Tier communities are beginning to come to grips with the idea that alternative energy sources–namely windmills and solar power–may be here to stay. Such energy sources are much more clean and environmentally friendly, supporters maintain. This issue has also come to the Town of Holland, with talk of the potential for windmills on the elevated regions of southern and eastern Holland.

“The whole country is facing the same issue,” Holland Town Supervisor Michael Kaspryzk said at last month’s regular board meeting. “We need to know what the sentiments are in the community. Either way, we need to address the issue.”

At the November regular board meeting, Kaspryzk reported that the neighboring Town of Sheldon has opted for legislation placing wind towers in clustered areas and only in certain sections of town. He said that the Town of Sardinia in southern Erie County has attempted to prohibit them altogether through the passage of local ordinances. In addition, Kaspryzk said that the townships of Boston and Eagle are drawing up legislation in an effort to regulate wind power and windmills.

To that end, Holland has formed a subcommittee consisting of members of the Town Board and the advisory planning board. It is charged with strategically researching where windmills can and should be located in town, particularly on roads with higher elevations such as Vermont Hill and Sanders Hill roads, and even tiny Day Road in the town’s southeast corner. Also to be determined are the costs for which windmill companies would be liable if allowed to do business in Holland.

by Pat McDonnell

East Aurora Advertiser

22 January 2008

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

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