Wind Developer Submits Draft Environmental Document for County Review
The developers of a proposed industrial wind farm in Cortland County have submitted their draft environmental review document to the County Legislature, the public can weigh in on the document which spells out the impacts the project will have and how they will be mitigated.
T-C-I Renewables submitted the draft document on Monday; the document follows a scoping session held this summer where residents were given an opportunity to raise their concerns related to the project.
T-C-I is looking to put up 44 500 ft. tall wind turbines in the Towns of Cortlandville, Homer, Truxton and Solon. T-C-I claims the towers will generate 72 megawatts of energy, enough to power 30 thousand homes.
Last week County lawmakers reviewed the scoping document, which was used to shape the D-E-I-S, some lawmakers including Democratic Legislator Kathie Arnold raised concerns about some deficiencies she found in the document, which was used to prepare the D-E-I-S. Among those deficiencies Arnold is concerned about is the fact that T-C-I won’t release its wind data gathered in preparation for the project. Arnold has said federal wind maps show that there is not enough wind in the area. Arnold says it brings into question the projects viability. T-C-I has said the wind speed information is proprietary and assured lawmakers that there is sufficient wind.
During the scoping session residents raised concerns about environmental impacts including vibration and noise. Other concerns included impacts on human health and property values.
T-C-I representatives say not only will this project generate renewable clean energy; it will create jobs and generate revenue for the community. The company expects over 300 direct and indirect jobs will be created by this project and will pump between $17 and $21 million dollars into the community.
While Cortland County is handling the environmental review for the project the four impacted towns will have the final say, the Towns of Truxton and Cortlandville have adopted temporary wind tower bans in order to give lawmakers time to draft regulations for towers, several residents in Solon have submitted petitions against the project.