The Schenectady Daily Gazette reported May 9 that the Town of Duanesburg has drafted Schenectady County’s first wind energy siting law. The Town has reportedly scheduled a public hearing for June 12. According to the report, the law would set different, easier standards for small-scale (under 100kw) projects. The article indicates that similar ordinances have been proposed in neighboring Saratoga, Schoharie and Montgomery counties, as well as have been under discussion in the nearby towns of Princetown and Rotterdam.
Wind developers and other proponents can expect more of these intensely local laws to come. A central challenge to siting wind facilities (either multiple facilities or single large facilities) in New York is the patchwork of regulation. It is not inconceivable, for instance, that a single large project may contemplate siting facilities in more than one jurisdiction, each of which with its own set of (potentially conflicting) zoning requirements. There are more than 1,500 cities, towns and villages in New York.