T-C-I Seeks Extension of Regulatory Deadline For Wind Project
The developers of a proposed industrial wind farm here in Cortland County have asked a federal energy regulator for more time to meet the necessary milestones to keep the project alive.
Last Month the developers of the wind project T-C-I Renewables informed lawmakers that if they did not release the draft environmental report on the projects impact to the public for review that the project would be dead in the water because it would not meet regulatory deadlines. Lawmakers at the urging of members of the public determined the report was inadequate and sent it back for further revisions.
Now T-C-I has asked federal regulator for a 45 day extension on their deadline to provide the company more time to get that report approved and out to the public.
In their application T-C-I cites unnecessary delays by the County as the basis for their request and extension.
Lawmakers at the urging of Legislator Kathie Arnold have moved to file a letter setting the record straight. Arnold says the County has attempted to accommodate T-C-I at several turns and their accusations are not true.
T-C-I wants to put up nearly 50 500-foot tall wind turbines in the Towns of Homer, Cortlandville, Solon and Truxton. The company says the project represents a $200 million dollar investment in the County and will create over 300 long and short-term jobs. T-C-I also says tax payers will benefit from revenue to the County and Towns.
Opponents say the project will negatively impact property values and cite health and wildlife impacts. Other opponents have cited the enormous taxpayer subsidies that this project requires and challenge that it will ever generate the 72 megawatts of electricity that T-C-I claims.
In a related story the Cortlandville Town Board has voted down a total ban on wind turbines, the board will continue to move ahead with the development of a local law regulating wind towers.