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Wind energy project stirs controversy in Broome County  

Credit:  By Briana Supardi | WICZ | February 19, 2019 | www.wicz.com ~~

WINDSOR, N.Y. – Dozens of Windsor and Sanford residents met with town officials Tuesday night to discuss a proposed project that’s sparking controversy.

During a public meeting at the Windsor Community House, residents learned more about the Bluestone Wind, LLC project to construct and operate a wind-powered electric generation facility in the town of Sanford and Windsor.

The proposal includes:

a 124 MW wind-powered electric generation facility
up to 33 commercial-scale wind turbines
underground medium voltage collection lines
access roads
a collection system that will include a 10 MW battery storage system
two permanent meteorological towers
an operation and maintenance building

Residents had the chance to voice their opinions about the project to administrative law judges for the New York State Public Service Commission and Department of Environmental Conservation.

Those who support the wind-powered electric generation facility said it will help lower energy costs and create renewable energy.

Opponents of the project argue that the wind turbines will lower their property value and create noise issues. Residents are also concerned the project would harm the local eagle population.

On September 18, 2018, Bluestone Wind, LLC filed an application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need seeking approval to construct the project. In the end of December the same year, the Chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment approved the application. The public hearing process commenced on January 29, 2019,

Source:  By Briana Supardi | WICZ | February 19, 2019 | www.wicz.com

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