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Perry Approves Wind Farms

He [Golisano] said if windmills can be positioned so that they don't impact people negatively, then he supports them.

(Perry, NY) 01/11/06 -- On Wednesday night, newly elected leaders in Perry approved a zoning change that could lead to commercial wind farms.


Previously, town zoning laws only permitted individual windmills.
Two competing groups have already shown an interest in doing the work.

After the zoning approval, Horizon Wind Energy--which is owned by investment banking firm Goldman Sachs--submitted an application to the town to begin a project.

The other group, Perry Area Wind Energy, is expected to do the same.

Horizon has five test sites in the area. The Texas-based company wants to build turbines two and a half times taller than ones it has in nearby Warsaw.

New Perry Town Supervisor Jim Brick said, "My feeling is that we have two wind companies competing here right now. Competition may be good for the town in the end."

Billionaire Tom Golisano has pledged at least $10 million to help the local group get started.

Ed Rechberger IV, acting chairman of Perry Area Wind Energy, said. "The citizens of Perry have realized that we think this is going to be an inevitable thing around here. And why not do it ourselves? And why not take advantage of Mr. Golisano's help and... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

(Perry, NY) 01/11/06 -- On Wednesday night, newly elected leaders in Perry approved a zoning change that could lead to commercial wind farms.


Previously, town zoning laws only permitted individual windmills.
Two competing groups have already shown an interest in doing the work.

After the zoning approval, Horizon Wind Energy--which is owned by investment banking firm Goldman Sachs--submitted an application to the town to begin a project.

The other group, Perry Area Wind Energy, is expected to do the same.

Horizon has five test sites in the area. The Texas-based company wants to build turbines two and a half times taller than ones it has in nearby Warsaw.

New Perry Town Supervisor Jim Brick said, "My feeling is that we have two wind companies competing here right now. Competition may be good for the town in the end."

Billionaire Tom Golisano has pledged at least $10 million to help the local group get started.

Ed Rechberger IV, acting chairman of Perry Area Wind Energy, said. "The citizens of Perry have realized that we think this is going to be an inevitable thing around here. And why not do it ourselves? And why not take advantage of Mr. Golisano's help and resources?"

Golisano said, "I ask the communities this question: 'If you're going to have windmills, why not set it up in such a way that the town can really financially benefit from them?'"

Collaboration between the two possible competitors might be possible.
P.J. Saliterman, Horizon Wind Energy Project Manager for Western New York said, "What we'd like to see is more details from those guys, to see if there's any possibility of us working together."

In other words, there's no set deal yet. The two sides could end up being allies or adversaries, depending on how things pan out.

Golisano and the Perry grassroots group are drawing a distinct line between "us"--upstate New Yorkers, and "them"--wind farm companies from out of state.

Golisano said, "I'm not interested in setting up a company that's going to profit from this. I'm interested in setting up an organization that's going to help communities do this themselves."

Golisano said he's never been totally opposed to wind farms. He said that he has been concerned about the windmills' impact on property values, residents' quality of life, and setbacks--the distance between the turbines and property lines.

He said if windmills can be positioned so that they don't impact people negatively, then he supports them.

Source: http://www.13wham.com/sport...

JAN 11 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/959-perry-approves-wind-farms
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