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Industrial park, using green energy, is proposed

A Chautauqua County legislator from Jamestown wants the county to look into creating a green energy park that would provide low-cost power to businesses.

Independence Party member Scot Stutzman's two-part proposal also calls for an energy efficiency study of the county's existing buildings.

Stutzman said the green energy park would take advantage of the Methane Gas to Energy project at the county landfill. He said the park would likely be built near the landfill in Ellery.

The proposal is being made now because the methane gas project is coming to a conclusion, and Stutzman said a developer will be chosen shortly.

"The idea is to develop an industrial park that can make use of this waste heat," he said. "The intention again is to spark economic development. I'm sure there are businesses all across America that would love cheap [electricity]."

Stutzman added that other affordable "green energy" projects, such as wind energy, could also be used. He said the new park, in return, would provide jobs and revenue that will benefit local residents.

The second step involves an energy study of the county's buildings.

A full-scale energy efficiency study has been done for the county's jail and court projects, which are under way, but not on existing buildings. Stutzman said considerable savings could be found there.

"They'll give you a cost attached. A lot of places will do that for free and come in to do that study. Then, they'll give you a bill, and if you're willing to do it, you'll have to pay the bill and follow through on their recommendations."

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided studies and recommendations to the county regarding its new construction.

Stutzman said both of his recommendations will go before Legislature committees for review this week.

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