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Letter: Bill to limit wind farms lacks scientific backing

Bill to limit wind farms lacks scientific backing

There is a bill going to the Senate floor that is looking to kill Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s clean energy plan. It threatens to prohibit more than half of the state from wind energy development with an arbitrary 40-mile setback from military facilities. This bill has no scientific backing and overrides the military’s existing thorough and comprehensive review for wind farms. There is absolutely no need for this kind of bill and we need to trust our military experts. The U.S. Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration already have strict processes in place to ensure that military missions are not endangered by wind energy projects. The FAA can prevent wind farms from being built if impacts exist that cannot be fixed.

The military embraces renewable energy. In fact, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood in Texas, the largest active-duty armored post in the U.S., will save $168 million in energy costs over the life of its hybrid solar and wind project. The hybrid facility went into commercial operations on April 27.

Cuomo and governors across the nation recognize the need to focus on clean energy generation. Clean energy supplies millions of dollars to rural communities and jobs across the country. Wind energy employs over 100,000 people across the U.S. and over 2,000 in New York State.

Let’s continue to support energy security and power in New York State with reliable, renewable resources.

Sara Schultz

Sierra Club Niagara

Williamsville

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