While the fate of the Jordanville Wind Farm is still in doubt, President Obama’s goal of increased financial aid and political support for green renewable energy could give a real boost to a very valuable project.
The project, if built as originally conceived, could be the start of establishing Herkimer County as the “Green Energy Capital,” of New York State.
Not only would the project be capable of producing over 150 megawatts of pollution free electrical energy, it would provide over $300,000 per year to both the towns of Warren and Stark. Even larger sums would be paid to the ODY school district and Herkimer County.
We do take issue with Ms. Dillingham’s comments in the Observer Dispatch, March 2, 2009 edition. The project would increase, rather than diminish, local land values. The rental payments to local farmers would provide and preserve a “critical mass” of dairy, horse and general farms as well as a strong Amish community.
In addition to saving a strong agricultural base in the area, the reduction or removal of town taxes would be a real benefit to local residents – thus increasing their property value.
The project would provide eight to ten full time jobs after construction, not the seasonal work of the tourist industry which cannot provide a viable yearly income.
Many millions of dollars would be spent locally in the construction process over a two-year period. From the Cooperstown area, the wind turbines (even if they were not obscured from view by the surrounding hills) would appear to be about half the size of your fingernail. (Detailed engineer’s drawings available.)
To compare, drive from the intersection of Routes 80 and 20 in Springfield to the Wal-Mart Distribution Center east of Sharon Springs (the same distance give or take a half mile).
Look back toward Springfield and imagine how small it would look at that distance.
There is no such a thing as “clean oil.” Coal is dirty and polluting from the time the first beautiful mountain top is blasted away until the coal is transported to power plants hundreds of miles away, where even more pollution is released in the combustion process.
Nuclear is now unbelievably expensive to build with no long term storage facilities approved.
Wind power and solar remain the only truly pollution free methods of electrical generation.
Members of Friends of Renewable Energy (FORE)
Bruce Banks, Jordanville
Ed Mower, Jordanville
Carole Kowall, Mohawk
Mary Daley, Mohawk