[ exact phrase in "" ]

[ Google-powered ]


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!

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Tompkins legislators give controversial Enfield wind farm a nudge forward  

Credit:  By Michael Smith | The Ithaca Voice | February 2, 2016 | ithacavoice.com ~~

ITHACA, NY – Last week, a committee of the Tompkins County Legislature voted to pass a recommendation in support of “the timely development of” the Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield on to the full legislature.

The Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee voted without dissent to approve the recommendation. Legislator Dooley Kiefer abstained, as she is an investor in the project.

A project that has essentially be in progress for 10 years now, the wind farm remains source of controversy in the town of Enfield and throughout Tompkins. Some residents of the town fear for their safety due to potential turbine accidents. Other are also concerned about their quality of life based on issues like ambient sound and shadow flicker caused by the turbines.

Several people spoke before the committee, both for against the project.

A resolution in support of the wind farm will go before the full Tompkins County Legislature on Thursday. The resolution supports the project on the grounds that it falls in line with Tompkins County’s comprehensive plan, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next several decades.

It also notes that, through a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement, the project is expected to generate more than $133,000 in annual revenue to the Town of Enfield, Tompkins County, and the Odessa-Montour and Ithaca City School Districts for 15 years.

Saying that he believed that Black Oak officials had met and exceeded all expectations set for the project, legislator Jim Dennis concluded, “If we can’t support this kind of thing, we can’t support anything in terms of energy.”

If passed, the resolution would have no official bearing on the wind farm’s progress. However, it would serve as an official declaration of support from the county. It will ultimately fall to the Enfield town board to make the final decisions on when – and if – the Wind Farm moves forward.

Source:  By Michael Smith | The Ithaca Voice | February 2, 2016 | ithacavoice.com

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

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User contributions


« Later PostNews Watch HomeEarlier Post »

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.
Formerly at windwatch.org.

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook