NY Assembly Bill Would Create Wind Project Siting Task Force

The siting of wind facilities in New York is by and large a local affair. Unlike some states, New York does not have in place a comprehensive statewide framework for wind energy facility siting. Enter the state legislature.

Assembly Bill A04793 would establish a New York state task force on wind generating facilities siting to study the need to implement a uniform statewide policy regarding the siting and permitting of wind energy production facilities. The bill, referred to the Energy Committee,  has no Senate “same as” as of 3/14/2011.

The Senate does have pending a somewhat related bill pending, however. Senate Bill S01086 would authorize and direct NYSERDA to conduct a comprehensive study of the potential siting processes required to establish wind energy production facilities. The Senate bill has been referred to the Energy and Telecommunications Committee.

With the legislative session set to end in a few months, at this juncture passage of either bill seems somewhat remote.

Text of Bill A04793 | Text of Bill S01086

[3/18/2011: Nice article on how Wisconsin is currently dealing with the issue of whether states or locales should determine wind project siting policy.]

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One Response

  1. [The following comment is illustrative of a number of comments received the same day, each questioning the value of wind projects. -ccr]

    If NYS were to have a comprehensive wind law that included all the current facts about noise, setbacks, property value guarantee, decomission plan, etc, etc, then it might be a help. If the decisions above are made by the special interest lobby and the big business and pushed through based on incorrect data and assumptions then the law would be a catastrophy. Currently home rule may be a lot of work and over the heads of some Towns but Home rule is still a way to represent the residents. I guess it is all up to “Who” the lawmakers are listening to….My vote is still for home rule until there is a law to comment on. 35 decibles or less at property lines, 6 decibles above rural ambient sound levels, 2500 foot setbacks with a real estate guarantee for non participating landowners and it gets closer to being a good idea. None of this even takes into account if wind power is even viable without government handouts.

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