Federal Energy Regulators Reject Extension For Cortland County Wind Project
Federal energy regulators have rejected a request from the developers of an industrial wind tower project here in Cortland County. The Developers had asked for more time to meet a required regulatory deadline.
T-C-I Renewables which is looking to put up nearly 50 500 foot tall power producing wind turbines in the Towns of Cortlandville, Homer, Solon, and Truxton had applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for an extension of a October deadline for the project.
According to Gareth McDonald a project manager for T-C-I, in order to access State and Federal energy subsidies for the $200 million dollars project the company must meet certain milestones to ensure regulators that project is viable and is moving forward.
The Wind development hit a major snag this past fall when County lawmakers who are handling the environmental review for the project refused to release the draft environmental impact statement for development for public review and comment. Several lawmakers and members of the public felt the document was inadequate and did not fully address potential impacts associated with the wind towers.
Without the release of the document, T-C-I could not meet the required regulatory milestone and in an effort to force the process forward filed a lawsuit against the County. Supreme Court Judge Philip Rumsey ruled the County was not required to release the document.
Now, regulators say because the draft impact statement still hasn’t been released the request for a deadline extension to December 17th is unnecessary.
McDonald has previously said the company still wants to continue with the environmental review process and get the public’s comments on the project. McDonald was unavailable for comment on the regulators decision. McDonald did say in a previous interview that if T-C-I was forced to resubmit the project to regulatory review that they could not meet the 2015 deadline for the state and federal tax credits for the project.