STATUS: In progress, with opposition
OPPOSITION: Adirondack Council, Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, Adirondack residents
BACKGROUND: The project would produce 10 turbines generating up to 30 megawatts of power, enough for about 13,000 homes in Warren County. According to the Barton Group, the project would create up to 75 construction jobs and then three or four jobs in the operation and maintenance phase.
As of February 2009, Adirondack Wind Partners and the Barton Group were working on a permit application and had completed a visual analysis and a bird and bat radar study, but they had “more work to do before they seek approval.” Adirondack environmental groups are worried about the potential impact of the turbines on birds and wildlife in the area as well as their visual impact.
As of August 2010, Adirondack Wind Partners has been collecting wind data and recently applied for the third renewal of its permit for a meteorological mast. The renewed permit allows the company to continue collecting wind data for another two years to fine tune its commercial wind farm proposal. The company initially planned to submit a permit for the wind farm in early 2009, but the economic downturn and a drop in electricity prices combined to put the development on hold, according to the draft permit for the monitoring tower. Adirondack Wind Partners plans to submit an application for a commercial wind farm within the next two years.
SOURCES: Adirondack Council http://www.adirondackcouncil.org/Gore%20Mtn%20wind%20tower%20project%20still%20being%20developed.pdf;
Adirondack Wind: http://www.adirondackwind.com/index.html;
Wind Watch: http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2010/08/20/apa-approves-monitoring-mast-for-wind-project-at-benson-mines/;
Adirondack Daily Times: http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/520913.html
Last updated November 23, 2010