Wind farms sprout in western New York

Wyoming County in western New York has undergone quite a boom in wind turbine installation, as the county that has 43,000 people and 46,000 dairy cows is home to 67 wind turbines generating 100 megawatts of electricity, all of which is being fed into the national power grid. Noble Environmental Power, the company behind the turbines, plans to build 84 more wind turbines this year.  All told, it represents a $450 million investment for the company.

There appears to be quite a wind power boom in western New York, because, as Sherry Grugel, Noble’s western New York community outreach associate, says, Wyoming has “really, really great wind – probably the best overall in New York state.”

Noble looks for areas that have low population density and great wind – Wyoming County fits the bill.

Noble has signed easement rights agreements with many of the farmers in the county. Theese agreements allow Nobel to build turbines and access roads in exchange for payments of about $7,000 a year per turbine. In addition, payments that Noble has made to the town of Eagle have allowed Eagle to eliminate some of its taxes, which seems to have jumpstarted a small construction boom in the town.

Other companies that have projects planned in the western New York area include First Wind, Airtricity Inc. of Ireland, and Tonawanda Creek Wind LLC.

‘Cattle rancher Anthony George has one Noble wind turbine on his 75-acre farm in Eagle. The turbine sits about 1,500 feet from his home, and the noise is minor, George said.

“Today I can’t hear it at all,” he said, then added, “I don’t know if I’d want one sitting 1,000 feet from the house.”

But as they graze in the tower’s shadow on warm days, George said, “The cattle actually seem to like it.” ‘

2 thoughts on “Wind farms sprout in western New York

  1. I live in Western New York – originally from Cowlesville – just this side of Sheldon, NY- where I’ve seen many of the wind turbines erected. At first, upon driving up the old dirt road that I grew up on – I was astonished. The big metal turbines looked a little like something out of a sci-fi movie – so out of place along the rolling green hills of the country side… I wonder – it seems like the farmer noted in this article above- didn’t seem to have any complaints about the turbines.. and they seem to have a positive impact on the economy of that area as well.. why is it that when I drive around these areas I also see many signs of homes that are opposed to the turbines? Do they feel their private property is being invaded? Would a turbine be any worse than the electrical towers and lines that stand erect in the country side as well? I am interested in finding out others thoughts…

  2. People are opposed to them because windo power is a sWINDle. It produces low voulmes of poor quality electricity that can only add, at best, about 2% to the power requirements of the area. Studies of the WNY wind farms have shown that the grid annot handle the power produced by these windmills, and many days you will see them sitting idle. If you follow the money trail, you will see that this, like so may other actions disguised as “environmentally friendly, is really just a money grab. These windmills are the result of subsidies and taxes. The only ones benefiting from it are the wind companies – whos parts are made out of the USA in most cases.


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