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Hornby likely to extend moratorium

HORNBY | A moratorium on wind turbine construction will likely be extended by Hornby town officials next month.

The Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. April 24 to consider extending the moratorium enacted to allow a special committee more time to develop changes to the town zoning law that could clear the way for the construction of a wind farm.

The proposed zoning changes are in response to California-based Clipper Windpower Inc.'s desire to erect 30 turbines in Hornby and an additional 10 turbines in the neighboring Schuyler County town of Orange. Current town regulations restrict building height to 80 feet.

“It will give the committee more time,” said town councilman Paul Turner.

The special committee is finishing a proposed law to control wind farm growth in the town.

The turbines, if erected, would provide renewable energy, jobs and income for some residents and will reduce taxes in municipalities and school districts, proponents say.

Those opposed think the turbines could harm the environment, the character of the community and pose safety hazards.

Clipper Wind is currently in the process of completing the state Environmental Quality Review Act for the development.

Gov. George E. Pataki and the state Public Service Commission have adopted a policy that will require 24 percent of New York's electricity to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. April 24 to consider extending the moratorium enacted to allow a special committee more time to develop changes to the town zoning law that could clear the way for the construction of a wind farm.
 
The proposed zoning changes are in response to California-based Clipper Windpower Inc.'s desire to erect 30 turbines in Hornby and an additional 10 turbines in the neighboring Schuyler County town of Orange. Current town regulations restrict building height to 80 feet.
 
“It will give the committee more time,” said town councilman Paul Turner.
 
The special committee is finishing a proposed law to control wind farm growth in the town.
 
The turbines, if erected, would provide renewable energy, jobs and income for some residents and will reduce taxes in municipalities and school districts, proponents say.
 
Those opposed think the turbines could harm the environment, the character of the community and pose safety hazards.
 
Clipper Wind is currently in the process of completing the state Environmental Quality Review Act for the development.
 
Gov. George E. Pataki and the state Public Service Commission have adopted a policy that will require 24 percent of New York's electricity to be generated by renewable resources by 2013. About 20 wind farm projects are under consideration in western New York.
 
The turbines and blades for the Hornby project would rise more than 400 feet, roughly the same size as those proposed for wind farms in Prattsburgh, Cohocton, Wayland, Howard and Hartsville.


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MAR 15 2006
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