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In community after community where industrial-scale "wind farms" have been proposed, mundane and sparsely-attended board meetings have been transformed into standing-room-only affairs. Residents and property owners are anxious to know whether rumored plans to construct twenty, fifty or even a hundred of the 400-foot tall wind turbines are "a done deal." Most significantly, the electorate wants to know the extent to which their town has the power to decide whether or not wind farms will dominate their rural landscape. /p
It was the intention of the Legislature that the protection and enhancement of the environment, human and community resources should be given appropriate weight with social and economic considerations in determining public policy, and that those factors be considered together in reaching decisions on proposed activities. Accordingly, it is the intention of this Part that a suitable balance of social, economic and environmental factors be incorporated into the planning and decision-making processes of state, regional and local agencies.
"In a petition filed on March 12, 2002, Flat Rock Windpower LLC (Flat Rock or the company), requests that it be issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) pursuant to Public Service Law (PSL) §68 for its proposed wind powered generating facility (Facility) to be located in Lewis County, in the Towns of Lowville, Martinsburg, and Harrisburg. Flat Rock also requested that it be lightly regulated as an electric corporation under the Public Service Law. Flat Rock moved for an expedited proceeding on a non-contested application for its CPCN, pursuant to 16 NYCRR §21.10. "
"An exclusive easement (the "Wind Development Easement") for the free and unobstructed flow of wind, wind resource evaluation, using the wind, wind energy development, energy collection, distribution and transmission, and related wind energy development uses,...."
Wind turbines to produce electricity on a large scale – “wind farms” – are currently being proposed for parts of Tug Hill. Large-scale wind farms are a relatively new occurrence in the Northeast, and since they are new there are many questions that do not have clear answers.
Commercial wind turbines are gigantic machines that distort natural light, sound and space. Their impacts are constant, making them oppressive when situated too near to homes and the places where we live.
So what are the true contributions of the wind industry? We have electricity that is too expensive to solve any real energy issues, and very little of it besides. We have little, if any, emissions reduction. We have the destruction of pristine landscapes and waterfronts all over the world due to the careless placement of massive, inefficient wind turbines… (a phenomenon that is just beginning to frighteningly snowball here in the U.S), and we have a big money making scheme for those who can afford to cash in. We also have one more thing… the deterioration in the quality of life for those unfortunate enough to find themselves and their neighborhoods targets of the uncaring developers who bully their way into communities and into people’s lives.
I thought it might be helpful for the members of the Town Board, as well as for the residents of the Town of Sardinia, to briefly address a number of frequently asked questions regarding land use moratoria: