ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The New York State Public Service Commission approved compliance fillings for four major wind farms in Upstate New York, two of which are in Steuben County. The compliance filings were needed before the projects could start construction or become operational.

“Projects such as these are vital in combating climate change by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, boosting clean-energy investment, creating clean-energy jobs, and improving our environment," said Commission Chair Rory M. Christian in a prepared statement. 

Among the approved projects are Eight Point Wind, a 101.8-megawatt (MW) wind farm in the Towns of Greenwood and West Union in Steuben County and Baron Winds, a 242-MW wind farm in the Towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont, and Wayland, Steuben County.

Eight Point Wind’s compliance is specific to shadow flicker caused by wind turbine operation, avian and bat monitoring and adaptive management and net conservation benefit plans. Baron Winds’ compliance was in relation to emergency procedures, site security, turbine lighting, maps and site plans, bat curtailment, eagle mitigation, avian and bat-monitoring and adaptive management plans as well as installation of aircraft detection lighting systems.

These projects are the latest in a line of 18 renewable energy projects approved to date by the Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. Taken together, the solar and wind farm projects approved by the Siting Board are expected to generate more than 2,510 MWs of clean, renewable energy.

“These renewable energy projects that are being built are crucial to meeting the aggressive carbon reduction and clean-energy targets set out by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act,” said Christian in a prepared statement. 

Enshrined into law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York has laid out goals to achieve a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and economy wide carbon neutrality.