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It's time to start policing the wind companies

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is headed in the right direction with a new code of ethics for wind energy companies doing business in New York state. ...Cuomo has also established a task force of watchdog groups and district attorneys, including Monroe County's Mike Green, to ensure companies adhere to the newly established code. But more must be done. The state still lacks a comprehensive policy to handle how and where wind farms enter communities. It's an area that state lawmakers must begin discussing vigorously before the growth in the wind market becomes unmanageable.

Ethics code, task forces are a start, but broader policy needed

The nation's increasing focus on alternative energy and New York's hope to lead in that effort demand not only ingenuity but strong oversight.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is headed in the right direction with a new code of ethics for wind energy companies doing business in New York state.

Greater accountability is critical considering the state's goal of acquiring 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2013. And according to one estimate, wind power could provide 20 percent of the state's electricity demand and create more than 40,000 jobs in the next five years. Not to mention the impending $2 billion investment in wind energy by Spanish conglomerate Iberdrola, which recently acquired Energy East.

Cuomo has also established a task force of watchdog groups and district attorneys, including Monroe County's Mike Green, to ensure companies adhere to the newly established code.

But more must be done. The state still lacks a comprehensive policy to handle how and where wind farms enter communities. It's an area that state lawmakers must begin discussing vigorously before the growth in the wind... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Ethics code, task forces are a start, but broader policy needed

The nation's increasing focus on alternative energy and New York's hope to lead in that effort demand not only ingenuity but strong oversight.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is headed in the right direction with a new code of ethics for wind energy companies doing business in New York state.

Greater accountability is critical considering the state's goal of acquiring 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2013. And according to one estimate, wind power could provide 20 percent of the state's electricity demand and create more than 40,000 jobs in the next five years. Not to mention the impending $2 billion investment in wind energy by Spanish conglomerate Iberdrola, which recently acquired Energy East.

Cuomo has also established a task force of watchdog groups and district attorneys, including Monroe County's Mike Green, to ensure companies adhere to the newly established code.

But more must be done. The state still lacks a comprehensive policy to handle how and where wind farms enter communities. It's an area that state lawmakers must begin discussing vigorously before the growth in the wind market becomes unmanageable.

The need to create a code of ethics and an enforcing body - evidenced by numerous claims of corruption among wind companies taking advantage of town boards - illustrates the need to be aggressive in creating a tough, centralized policy.

Certainly local communities should have their say, but an overarching set of guidelines that protects the public's best interest is paramount.

New York indeed has the tools to become the nation's alternative energy capital, but it won't happen without smart planning. Too much dysfunction exists in this state to allow more to overtake an area with such a promising environmental and economic future.


Source: http://www.democratandchron...

OCT 31 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/17706-it-s-time-to-start-policing-the-wind-companies
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