Biggest Windfarm in Eastern U.S. is Developed with N.Y. Help

The largest windfarm in the eastern United States will be built near the New York town of Fenner, with financial help from the state Energy Smart program.

NEW YORK, New York, US, 2001-09-04 [SolarAccess.com] The largest windfarm in the eastern United States will be built near the New York town of Fenner, with financial help from the state Energy Smart program. Canastota Windpower LLC will construct the 30 megawatt facility near the 11.5 MW windfarm in Madison, which has been operational for the past year. Enron Wind will supply 20 of the 1.5 MW turbines, to sit on 12 acres. The facility is expected to be operational by November and, as largest wind farm in the eastern part of the U.S., it will generate electricity to power 10,000 homes. “Wind power offers the promise of energy generation that is pollution-free and environmentally sound,” says New York Governor George Pataki. “This innovative project reflects our ongoing commitment to protecting and enhancing the quality of our natural environment, while also ensuring that we’ll have the steady and reliable supply of energy we need to keep our economy healthy and strong for years to come.” The US$34 million project will receive $5 million in support from the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), which administers the Energy Smart program. Canastota Windpower, which is owned by CHI Energy of Connecticut & Atlantic Renewable Energy of Virginia, is providing the balance in co-funding. Wind energy is expected to be one of the main energy resources used to reach the renewable energy goals set forth by Pataki. In June, he signed an Executive Order that requires state agencies to purchase 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2005. The figure increases to 20 percent by 2010. When the Fenner project is completed, 40 megawatts of wind energy will be available in the state, and additional sites are under consideration which would develop 5,000 MW of wind energy in the state.

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