Sunday, January 10, 2010

Turbines Along the NYS Thruway?

Well Gov. Paterson is at it again. Not only is he willing to sacrific Lakes Ontario and Erie - he's willing to place industrial turbines along the NYS Thruway and word about this possibility surfaced recently. People now living near the potential sites will need to tolerate yet another nuisance (in addition to traffic noise and light trespass) from turbine noise and the horrid daytime view of them too! This shows how desperate Paterson is for money to add to the state coffers. The following text is from the National Wind Watch web site.

The Thruway Authority announced Friday (1/8/10) it will seek proposals from the wind turbine industry to assess the feasibility of constructing “medium-sized” windmills at six Thruway sites in Western New York.

The idea is to determine if the authority could generate power from the machines to sustain many of its own operations and possibly sell excess power back to the grid, spokeswoman Betsy Graham said.

“We think this goes a long way to offset our utility costs, and in turn, protect and enhance the environment,” she said.

The interchanges under study for turbines are Batavia, Eden-Angola, Silver Creek, Dunkirk, Westfield and Ripley.

Graham said the proposed turbines are not as big as those n the Bethlehem Steel site and will be appropriately sized for the Thruway properties at the exits. She said the studies will also determine if wind velocity at the six sites is strong enough to sustain the proposed turbines. It is expected the authority will make a final decision on the idea this summer, Graham added.

“The Thruway Authority is eager to hear from the wind power development industry as to how it can work towards a more sustainable environment and making New York a greener state, benefiting all New Yorkers,” said Thruway Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer.

The plan is also part of Gov. David A. Paterson’s objective of meeting 45 percent of the state’s electricity needs through energy efficiency and renewable energy.

“Last month, I accepted the State Energy Plan which provides a detailed road map for achieving this clean energy target, and one of the recommendations is to inventory state-owned land that is suitable for renewable energy development,” Paterson said. “I commend the Thruway Authority for acting so swiftly to help us implement this piece of the State Energy Plan.”

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great idea! 1) Adding money (reducing costs) to the state coffers or to a state authority is a good idea, not a bad one. 2) Reducing dependence on the electric grid saves money, fuel and cost. 3) There is some sensitivity to the location of these turbines, putting them at interchanges where there is already an industrial sense and 4) - have you really ever gone by a wind farm? There is a sense of grace with these turbines, only a gently sound, and an efficiency that should be far preferable to a large plant that generates electricity, either with cooling towers or smokestacks.

    Relax blogger - wind turbines are not the quintessential evil, and may well allow us to continue enjoying electricity for another century.