The state-subsidized wind turbines proposed for Sanford and Windsor by Calpine will be almost 700 feet tall.
These monstrosities will be the tallest turbines constructed in the United States and certainly much taller than any turbines in New York. How could this not have a direct impact on our property values?
Calpine cites a biased study that determined there was no detrimental effect on property values. The referenced study was based on turbines half the height and from an area not comparable to the beauty of the rolling hills of the Southern Tier. Property owners should read up on the many studies that have proven wind turbines do have a negative effect on property values.
The Audubon Society has surveyed the migration of eagles and has discovered an “unprecedented” amount of endangered golden eagles, along with bald eagles, in the middle of the proposed turbine sites. The diameter of the blades is almost 500 feet. How will these eagles and other birds be able to dodge these guillotines?
The economic impact of these turbines is minuscule. There may be many temporary jobs (much of it skilled labor being brought in) created during the short construction phase, but Calpine admits that only seven permanent jobs will be created and is probably less, based on other projects in New York.
Will property taxes be affected? Calpine won’t even commit to a PILOT amount. Therefore, we don’t even know if there will be any impact to our property taxes.
This is a spectacular area of New York. Why should we sacrifice the beauty and serenity of our hillsides to this ill-fated, state-subsidized project with so few economic benefits?
Come to the public hearing in Windsor on Tuesday. An afternoon and evening session is scheduled for the Windsor Community House. The initial public forum is scheduled for 2 p.m., followed by a public comment session at 3, with a similar evening session scheduled for 6. You can also comment on the Bluestone Wind Farm Facebook page.
Richard Rogler is a Nineveh resident.
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