STATUS: In progress, with opposition
OPPOSITION: Otsego 2000, Advocates for Stark, Local Residents, Holy Trinity monastery
PROSPECTS: Prolonged Delay
BACKGROUND: Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) proposed the Jordanville Wind project in the towns of Stark and Warren in Herkimer County. CEI proposed a wind farm of approximately 70-75 (2-MW) turbines in 2005.
Opponents are worried primarily about the project’s potential aesthetic impact on the rural landscape as well as reduced property values and negative impacts on tourism. The Holy Trinity Monastery worries that the turbines will affect the scenic landscape around their hilltop cemetery and inhibit the “feeling of peace” and “calming of the soul” at the monastery.
Opposition to the project has caused significant setbacks. CEI first reduced the quantity of turbines they were proposing to 68 in August 2007 to avoid adverse environmental impacts on the Glimmerglass Historic District.
Fifteen Warren and Stark residents filed a lawsuit against the project citing an “inadequate” environmental review. In December 2007, the judge ruled that the town board failed to look closely enough at the environmental impact, rendering the environmental review null and void. In June 2008, members of the Warren and Stark town boards voted not to appeal a court ruling, because town officials didn’t know how long the process would carry on and how much it would cost taxpayers. CEI did not appeal the decision either, but instead, decided to scale back the project even further, to 40 turbines.
Residents are pleased with the decision, hoping that it will ultimately kill the project. If the project continues despite the setbacks, it will be nearly half its original size and at least three years behind schedule.
SOURCES: Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_081108_1.html;
Heritage Landscapes http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/wp-content/uploads/heritage-landscapes-sseis-review-1dec2008.pdf;
Project Main Page http://www.jordanvillewind.com/;
Macalester College http://www.macalester.edu/windvisual/jordanvilleinfo.html;
Observer Dispatch http://www.uticaod.com/news/x1091757187;
The Daily Star: http://old.thedailystar.com/news/stories/2006/12/04/tgjordan2.html
Last updated November 22, 2010