JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A new educational resource for Chautauqua County residents to learn more about local green energy developments has been launched.
Over the past few years misinformation about new projects across the area, like solar and wind farms, has caused some confusion for locals. That’s why the Chautauqua County Energy Commission developed this new Energy Reference Guide.
“I think that the reason why there’s pushback from the community is they don’t completely understand the facts and that’s another reason why we do this website,” said Deputy County Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise.
There is a lot of information surrounding nonrenewable energy sources, whether that info be factual or not.
“There’s so much information out there for businesses, for residents, for things having to do with off-shore wind or solar or hydrogen, I mean the list goes on and on, so the concept of creating a website where you can put everything and it was easy to navigate so that whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner or a community stakeholder or leader, there’s a place you could go to get information so that’s what we did,” explained Geise.
There are many reasons someone may not want energy producers installed.
“Some people don’t like it because they don’t like the way it looks, some people are concerned that it’s using up valuable agricultural land perhaps,” said Geise.
Officials believe that the pros heavily outweigh the cons.
“There’s equally as many benefits or more benefits in my mind, landowners being able to hold onto their family farms because they’re getting lease payments on unproductive farmland and there’s benefits going to the community through host agreements, there’s a lot of jobs created,” Geise explained.
The county invites anyone who may have questions or concerns about the future of energy in Chautauqua to visit this webpage at planningchautauqua.com.