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Gore wind farm plan advances - Also, Greenfield weighs request for test towers at Lake Desolation

PAUL SMITHS -- A wind farm near the Gore Mountain ski area moved a step closer to fruition Thursday.

In Saratoga County, the Greenfield Town Board moved along a request from a separate wind energy company to erect nearly 200-foot test towers near Lake Desolation.

The project in Johnsburg, Warren County, had been stalled at the Adirondack Park Agency. Staff at the agency have been pushing Adirondack Wind Partners to file for a permit to build the entire 10-turbine wind farm they plan, rather than put up a second test tower. But the agency commissioners overturned the staff decision at an APA meeting in Franklin County Thursday.

Jim McAndrew, vice president of the Barton Group, an abrasives company that is part of the Adirondack Wind Partners, said the company needs more information about the speed and consistency of the wind over Gore Mountain before it can formally apply to build a wind farm. The second tower will be about a half-mile from the existing test tower, which has been gathering wind data for more than two years.

"Having a tower at the lower elevation is critical because we need a certain number of turbines -- about half -- at a lower elevation," McAndrew said.

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In Saratoga County, the Greenfield Town Board moved along a request from a separate wind energy company to erect nearly 200-foot test towers near Lake Desolation.
 
The project in Johnsburg, Warren County, had been stalled at the Adirondack Park Agency. Staff at the agency have been pushing Adirondack Wind Partners to file for a permit to build the entire 10-turbine wind farm they plan, rather than put up a second test tower. But the agency commissioners overturned the staff decision at an APA meeting in Franklin County Thursday.
 
Jim McAndrew, vice president of the Barton Group, an abrasives company that is part of the Adirondack Wind Partners, said the company needs more information about the speed and consistency of the wind over Gore Mountain before it can formally apply to build a wind farm. The second tower will be about a half-mile from the existing test tower, which has been gathering wind data for more than two years.
 
"Having a tower at the lower elevation is critical because we need a certain number of turbines -- about half -- at a lower elevation," McAndrew said.
 
An Irish company, Airtricity Inc. has asked the Greenfield Town Board for permission to erect two similar test towers. A test tower is about the diameter of a flag pole.
 
If at the end of two years Airtricity finds the wind is strong and consistent enough over the site they're looking at, the Kayaderosseras Ridge, they may build a 40-megawatt, 20-tower wind farm. The 400-foot-tall turbines, about the size of what the Adirondack Wind Partners have proposed, would provide power for 40,000 homes.
 
The Greenfield Town Board is considering a new law that would allow Airtricity to erect the towers. Supervisor Al Janik scheduled a public hearing on the law for 7:30 p.m. June 8.
 
Adirondack Wind Partners still have work to do before they will be allowed to install a second test tower. McAndrew said they must share some of the data from the original tower with the APA and file more evidence to show where the towers will be visible by hikers, skiers and motorists on the roads in the valley below Gore.
 
The Adirondack farm drew support this week from U.S. Rep. John Sweeney, R-Clifton Park; Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury; Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro and Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who is running for Sweeney's seat.
 
Environmentalists including Greenpeace also support wind in the Adirondacks. But the Adirondack Council and others have spoken out against it. In a recent letter to the APA, the Council objected to the turbines' visual impacts and the precedent set by allowing a wind farm in the Adirondack Park.
 
Leigh Hornbeck can be reached at 581-8438 or by e-mail at lhornbeck@timesunion.com.
 


Source: http://timesunion.com/AspSt...

MAY 12 2006
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