[ 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

On eve of Earth Day, Staten Island BP James Molinaro renews his call for a wind farm at Fresh Kills  

Credit:  By Eddie DAnna, www.silive.com 21 April 2011 ~~

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The mayor’s plan to create an environmentally-sounder city by constructing solar power plants on capped landfills has one glaring short-coming, if you ask Borough President James Molinaro:

It fails to capitalize on wind power.

Hours after Mayor Bloomberg announced his updated PlaNYC proposal, Molinaro renewed his call to build an electricity-generating wind farm at the former Fresh Kills landfill – a plan he pitched years ago, but remains in limbo pending approval from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

In his latest push, which comes on the eve of Earth Day, the BP says a recent study by the New York State Energy and Development Research Authority-sponsored wind developer found turbines can be constructed at the top of the landfill’s four mounds and, if the go-ahead was given today, could be operation within four years.

“My wish for Earth Day 2011 is that we have a wind farm operating at Fresh Kills by Earth Day 2014,” Molinaro said. “All that stands in our way is the common sense understanding of government agency approval.”

Bloomberg’s plan would phase out the use of polluting heavy oils to heat buildings and begin building solar power plants on capped landfills.

While Molinaro is not necessarily a foe of solar power, he skewered the proposal for what he sees as a significant short-coming.

“The just-released update to the PlaNYC does not go far enough,” Molinaro added. “While I do not oppose solar power, and I believe it can certainly play a part of the energy needs of the city, the lack of focus in the update on wind is not acceptable to me.”

According to the developer, seven turbines at Fresh Kills could produce 30 megawatts of energy – enough to meet 6 percent of the borough’s energy needs.

Source:  By Eddie DAnna, www.silive.com 21 April 2011

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.