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ARKPORT - Talk of wind farms in Hornellsville brought out opponents from Howard and Hartsville.

Residents of those towns voiced their displeasure with Airtricity Inc. LLC, as a company representative explained a project in the town as part of Tuesday's Hornellsville town board meeting.

Jack Joyce, Airtricity vice president, was on hand to present information to town officials and residents about the proposed Steuben Wind Power project, which would encompass the towns of Hartsville and Hornellsville. Following Joyce's approximately 40-minute presentation, he handled questions for about another hour and a half.
Joyce said the plan for the project is to install approximately 40 wind turbines between Hartsville and Hornellsville, with 10 to 15 in the Town of Hornellsville, primarily in the areas of Newcomb and Gypsy hills, and around the Honey Run Road vicinity. Each turbine would produce 2 megawatts of energy, with about 50-80 megawatts produced by the whole project.

There are over 2,000 acres covered in lease agreements between the two towns, Joyce said, and over one year of wind data has been collected from a meteorological tower on Call Hill. Another tower soon will be placed on Hartsville Hill, he added. Currently, the proposed layout of the turbines is under development, Joyce said, with the company aiming for construction around June 2007. There will be about three to five permanent operations and maintenance positions created.

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Jack Joyce, Airtricity vice president, was on hand to present information to town officials and residents about the proposed Steuben Wind Power project, which would encompass the towns of Hartsville and Hornellsville. Following Joyce's approximately 40-minute presentation, he handled questions for about another hour and a half.
Joyce said the plan for the project is to install approximately 40 wind turbines between Hartsville and Hornellsville, with 10 to 15 in the Town of Hornellsville, primarily in the areas of Newcomb and Gypsy hills, and around the Honey Run Road vicinity. Each turbine would produce 2 megawatts of energy, with about 50-80 megawatts produced by the whole project.

There are over 2,000 acres covered in lease agreements between the two towns, Joyce said, and over one year of wind data has been collected from a meteorological tower on Call Hill. Another tower soon will be placed on Hartsville Hill, he added. Currently, the proposed layout of the turbines is under development, Joyce said, with the company aiming for construction around June 2007. There will be about three to five permanent operations and maintenance positions created.

Councilperson Angela Caldwell asked how Airtricity's projects are funded.

“We have investors in the company from a private standpoint,” Joyce said. “It's not public, yet, but there is financial stability. We have an annual report and I have no problem with anyone taking a look at that. The landowners did.”

Councilman Roger Schulitz wanted to know why the company picked this area to set up shop.

“We did a wind analysis of the state, and there is wind here,” Joyce replied.

Some in attendance were curious about what the project entailed and how things proceed, while others took Joyce to task for disturbing the natural beauty of the Canisteo Valley.

“Is it wise to put up something with that much visual impact on Steuben County's natural resources?” asked Jerry Hedman of Howard, who said he moved to the county from New Jersey for the beautiful countryside. “How do you justify that impact?”

Other people were in favor of a wind farm project. Vicky Olin and her husband have signed an agreement with Airtricity, and made a trip to the company's project in Fenner. She urged others to see what that one is like.

“Go see these things personally,” she said. “Find out what they are like from people that deal with them every day.”

And others said it was time to look at alternate forms of energy, because fossil fuels are decreasing rapidly.

“This isn't pro or con, but we all know in 20 years there will be less fossil fuel than there is today, there will be less tomorrow than there is today,” Dick LaValle said.

One piece of the puzzle that has to be determined by Hornellsville is which entity will act as lead agency. The town could be lead agency, or defer to another body, such as the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, which the Town of Hartsville is using as its lead agency. Town Supervisor Ken Isaman said it was just the start of the process, and that the town and planning boards would decide how to proceed. There will be other public meetings taking place as the matter progresses, he added.

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FEB 15 2006
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