“Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal of renewable, carbon-free electrical self-sufficiency faces state-wide opposition in light of its means to that end, namely, a proposal that could force massive wind and solar plants on towns and counties whether they want them or not.
At its March 12 meeting, the Oswego County Legislature unanimously opposed Cuomo’s Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, “which despite its name, would negatively impact renewable energy host communities by removing local home-rule rights and controls, and by fast-tracking wind and solar projects that could potentially harm local economies and environments,” according to District 4 Legislator and Chairman of the Government, Courts & Consumer Affairs Committee David Holst’s unanimously passed resolution.
As an example of such fast-tracking “to the great detriment of Oswego County’s economy and environment,” Holst cites “Atlantic Wind LLC’s proposed 350 megawatt Mad River Wind Farm in the town of Worth in Jefferson County and the town of Redfield in Oswego County – a project that would clear-cut great swaths of 20,000 acres of pristine Tug Hill forest recreation areas, and place in danger of contamination the headwaters of the Salmon River, one of North America’s top sport fisheries and the region’s economic driver.””
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Pellis, Randy. NNY360 20 March 2020.