Wind Farm Set to be Built in Steuben County
BATH, NY (WENY) -- Just recently, New York State approved a wind farm located across Steuben County. We visited the Steuben County office building this afternoon to find out how this could effect the county and help lower CO2 emissions.
"We have a very wind rich western part of the county due to elevation which according to wind developers is ripe fro wind development. According to New York State policy, that goes along with Governor Cuomo's clean energy initiatives going through 2030 and 2050 goals," Matthew Sousa, Senior planner at Steuben County.
The almost 500 foot tall turbines are planned to be built in the towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Freemont, and Wayland. Sousa also tells me that this did not have to do with Steuben County, but they will make sure that the towns are taken care of.
"As far as Steuben County is concerned where are main focus is to make sure that the towns are taken care of, that these are appropriately cited so that we can balance taking care of our local citizens but also promoting state level initiatives," said Sousa.
We also spoke with Sousa about how the state will get this money and if it will effect the community members.
"As far as taxes at the local level these communities are given host community agreements and payments in-lieu of taxes. The host community agreements are annual payments for the duration of the land leases which I believe is 20 years, and payment in-lieu of taxes are payments on an annual basis for the same amount of time and that's negotiated by our county industrial development agency," said Sousa.
This wind farm will also be a positive feedback on the grid by taking away some of the stress.
Sousa said, "The wind farm is a positive impact on the grid because it increases grid reliance because its a different energy resource producing electricity to the grid and it also increases the modernization because of upgrades that they do to transmission lines during the construction phase."
Sousa also says, according to the company website this is going to save 320,000 of CO2 emissions per year. That's also equivalent to 68,000 cars driving on the year per year as well.