Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Cleaner Energy Headed to Southern Tier

Watkins Glen International Officials Unveil Green Energy Project

New Wind Farm

May 3, 2012

       SCHUYLER CO. (WENY) --  Watkins Glen International is teaming up with a national clean energy leader to bring wind power to four towns in Schuyler and Chemung counties.  WGI officials announced  they're investing $200 million into a wind farm project, in collaboration with Florida-based company Next Era Energy Resources.

       The 50 to 75 turbines will be built on some of WGI's 1,800 acres of land, and throughout the towns of Catlin, Dix, Hector, and Cather-reen.  The project would create 200 construction jobs, but it is still in the beginning stages.

       Leaders say they've gotten some interest from landowners, but have not started the site plan approval process yet.

       "We don't directly benefit from it," says WGI President, Michael Printup.  "We'll buy renewable energy credits from it, but that all we'll do in that part of it. It'll benefit the community, and all of New York."

       "We're very excited about having the track as a major player in the project," says Ross Groffman with Next Era Energy.  "We think having their support and involvement in the project is something that's unique and really exciting for their industry as well as ours."

        Construction is scheduled to being in 2014 or 2015, and should take six to nine months from start to finish.