Redfield, N.Y. – A wind farm with up to 125 wind turbines has been proposed for the heart of snow country in Tug Hill.
The Mad River Wind Farm would be built by Atlantic Wind at the intersection of Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties. It would generate up to 350 MW of electricity, enough to power 60,000 typical households, the company said.
The towers would stand on 30 square miles of rural, private land in the towns of Redfield, Oswego County, and Worth, Jefferson County.
Redfield town Supervisor Tanya Yerdon said she has received few answers to her questions, despite the appearance of Atlantic Wind representatives at two town board meetings.
“Everybody has different concerns, and I think the biggest thing is we’re not getting any decent information from anybody,” Yerdon said. She is particularly concerned about how the company is going to connect the wind farm to the larger electrical grid.
An Atlantic Wind representative did not immediately return a phone call for comment. According to filings with the state Public Service Commission, Atlantic Wind would feed power into the Volney-Marcy power line, but doesn’t know where the connection would be.
The company will hold a public information session from 2 to 4 p .m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Redfield Fire Department, 4879 County Route 17.
The proposed wind farm would be about 25 miles from the Maple Ridge Wind Farm near Lowville, which is operated by Atlantic Wind’s parent company, Avangrid Renewables. Maple Ridge produces 322 MW with its 195 turbines. Avangrid also built a 37-windmill farm in Herkimer County; residents there filed suit five years ago, saying the turbines were bigger and noisier than developers promised.
Atlantic Wind filed its initial paperwork for the Mad River farm with the PSC in December, outlining how the company will work with the community and governments to study the project. The lengthy process will require reviews from the PSC and other state agencies, including health and environmental conservation.
Atlantic Wind says the project would create 350 jobs during 12 to 18 months of construction, and about 20 permanent jobs after that. Local schools and municipalities would get up to $2 million in tax revenues, the company said.
One local landowner said he has concerns about the impact of the wind farm on surrounding forests, including the 8,000-acre Little John Wildlife Management area.
“I think it’s shortsighted to think you put 600-foot-tall wind turbines and you’re not going to have an effect on the wildlife,” said Edward Reed, who lives in Rochester but owns hunting land in the area.
Reed said he’s not necessarily opposed to the project. “I can see both sides,” he said.
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