Adopt a Wind Farm

There are plenty of opportunities for civic minded people and organizations to “adopt” highways, but how about a wind farm? Westchester municipal leaders launched a “Adopt a Wind Farm” campaign — an effort to expand support for wind energy in New York State.

The campaign seeks to sign up enough demand to justify the construction of a new wind farm — at least 15 MW in capacity, or the equivalent of 10 wind turbines. Eleven Westchester County municipalities currently purchase over 2 MW of New York wind energy, just 15 percent of the 15 MW goal. Leaders of Westchester municipalities and Pace University announced a challenge to Westchester residential, business, non-profit, and other municipal electricity customers to join them in creating the consumer demand that will bring on-line a new wind farm in the state. Wind energy supplier Community Energy (CEI) joined the public officials and four environmental groups, who are also wind energy customers, to encourage the use of clean, emission-free wind power. CEI will track the wind purchase commitments throughout Westchester, and plans to announce the results in the near future. “The more customers who buy wind energy, the more wind farms we bring online,” Ron Kamen, CEI’s NYS Director. Kamen noted that New York State currently has 48 MWs of wind power, but that New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) studies have found that New York wind energy can supply 10,000 MW’s of power, or 20 percent of the state’s electrical needs. “Now that the elections are over, it is time to challenge our communities and act as a united front to choose wind power,” said Robert Elliott, Mayor of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, the first municipality to purchase wind power in the state. “We are here to encourage the County, other Westchester municipalities, residents, and businesses to purchase wind power and create the consumer demand that will bring this important energy alternative to New York today.” The eleven Westchester municipalities that purchased wind power are: the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Town of New Castle, Town of North Castle, Town of North Salem, Town of Pound Ridge, Town of Bedford, Village of Ardsley, Town of Yorktown, Town of Lewisboro, Village of Briarcliff Manor, and the Village of Tarrytown. These municipalities recently received the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s “Green Power Leadership Award” in recognition of their leadership and support of NewWind Energy in New York.
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