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Reunion Offers $2,000 Apiece To Windmill-Farm Neighbors

Reunion Power is expanding the circle of landowners that would directly benefit from 24 turbines it plans on East Hill, offering a “meaningful” sum, not just to hosts, but to “more than two dozen” people whose properties are around the project, according to company Vice President David Little. “I have received a number of calls from folks who are taking an interest in this,” he said. “I’m actually very pleased with the response I’ve gotten so far.” “They’re hedging their bets just in case the ordinance passes,” said Andy Minnig of Advocates for Cherry Valley. One landowner was offered $2,000, according to Minnig, but Little declined to confirm that number, although he did say it is a flat amount, not based on the amount of acreage involved.

CHERRY VALLEY

Reunion Power is expanding the circle of landowners that would directly benefit from 24 turbines it plans on East Hill, offering a “meaningful” sum, not just to hosts, but to “more than two dozen” people whose properties are around the project, according to company Vice President David Little.

“I have received a number of calls from folks who are taking an interest in this,” he said. “I’m actually very pleased with the response I’ve gotten so far.”

“They’re hedging their bets just in case the ordinance passes,” said Andy Minnig of Advocates for Cherry Valley.

One landowner was offered $2,000, according to Minnig, but Little declined to confirm that number, although he did say it is a flat amount, not based on the amount of acreage involved.

In return, Reunion would own wind rights on those properties, and those receiving the payment would also have to agree to allow variances that would set aside the 2,000-foot setbacks that would be included in a wind ordinance the town board is scheduled to vote on Monday, Nov. 27.

Little said Reunion planned to make an offer to neighbors well before now, but that the moratorium and wind-ordinance discussions put that idea on the back burner for a... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

CHERRY VALLEY
    
Reunion Power is expanding the circle of landowners that would directly benefit from 24 turbines it plans on East Hill, offering a “meaningful” sum, not just to hosts, but to “more than two dozen” people whose properties are around the project, according to company Vice President David Little.

“I have received a number of calls from folks who are taking an interest in this,” he said. “I’m actually very pleased with the response I’ve gotten so far.”

“They’re hedging their bets just in case the ordinance passes,” said Andy Minnig of Advocates for Cherry Valley.

One landowner was offered $2,000, according to Minnig, but Little declined to confirm that number, although he did say it is a flat amount, not based on the amount of acreage involved.

In return, Reunion would own wind rights on those properties, and those receiving the payment would also have to agree to allow variances that would set aside the 2,000-foot setbacks that would be included in a wind ordinance the town board is scheduled to vote on Monday, Nov. 27.

Little said Reunion planned to make an offer to neighbors well before now, but that the moratorium and wind-ordinance discussions put that idea on the back burner for a while.

“Why are they so persistent?” asked Minnig. “Because they are expecting to take tens of millions of dollars a year out of this project. And it behooves the town to get some straight answers as to how much money is involved.”

Meanwhile, the town board met Tuesday, Nov. 21, and voted unanimously to extend a 90–day development moratorium another 45 days so the ordinance can be in place before development begins anew. At the vote, the 30-some people in the town barn erupted into applause.

The moratorium was do to expire and, if it had, Reunion’s plan potentially could have gone forward in advance of the wind-ordinance enactment.

The next Cherry Valley Planning Board meeting is slate to take place on Jan. 16

Reunion has also announced an “Economic Benefits Open House” from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Cherry Valley Community Center to detail the financial benefits it says will accrue to the town if the wind farm goes forward.

Little breaks those down into four categories:
• The landowner payments to turbine hosts. Again, these number are undisclosed, but Advocates says it is in the $8,000 per turbine range.
• The new payments to neighbors.
• The electricity benefit. Reunion had offered to pay half of Cherry Valley residents electrical costs (one–quarter of most bills when fees are included), but Little said it has been further sweetened. “I’m very excited,” he said. “This is going to be very well received. No other projects have done this.”
• The PILOT – payments in lieu of taxes. Reunion offered $300,000 a year, or $7.5 million over 20 years.

“If you add up all those layers,” said Little. “It’s a significant economic contribution to the community.”

 


Source: http://www.thefreemansjourn...

NOV 24 2006
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