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Hearing tonight on wind tower

GREEENFIELD -- Townspeople will get a chance tonight to comment on a local law that could allow a wind power company to build a meteorological test tower near Lake Desolation. The 198-foot test tower would be the first step in Airtricity Inc.'s plan to put about 25 power-generating windmills on a ridge in Greenfield's northwest corner. The proposed wind farm would be just outside the Adirondack Park, with its heavy restrictions on construction.
8 Jun 2006

The Great Wind Debate

But I was sitting at my kitchen table in North Buffalo, far from the wind farms of the Southern Tier, and such distance makes for simple, black-and-white comprehension. There are places in Western New York where wind energy isn’t so clear a choice. Places with names like Perry, Sheldon and Arkwright, rural towns perched atop the high glacial ridges to the east and south of the city, whose landscapes might soon be dominated by hundreds of towering, 400-foot windmills. As wind companies eye their windswept fields and make overtures to local town boards, divisions run deeper and deeper between citizens who disagree on the merits of wind farm development in their backyards. In such locales, the gray areas of wind development come into sharp focus.
25 May 2006
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