DUNKIRK, NY (WNY News Now) – Chautauqua County’s rep. in New York State’s Senate is hailing a new report which found a lack of benefits to installing wind turbines in the Great Lakes.
After nearly two years of intense study and stakeholder engagement on the environmental, economic and social issues surrounding wind turbines in Lakes Erie and Ontario, the State Energy Research and Development Authority said this week a large-scale aquatic turbine project would not be a feasible solution for the region.
State Senator George Borrello has been a longtime critic of installing wind turbines within Lake Erie specifically, citing possible impacts to the region’s main drinking water source and tourism industry.
“I am grateful to the Citizens Against Wind Turbines in Lake Erie (CAWTILE) and every organization and individual that rallied with us, testified at hearings, wrote letters and lobbied their representatives on this issue,” wrote Borrello in a statement. “Together, our perspectives helped inform NYSERDA’s findings and the strength of our advocacy made our opposition impossible to ignore. The voices of an educated, determined group of citizens can make a difference. I applaud those who stood with me on this and refused to give up.”
In a statement responding to the just issued report, Borrello urged his colleagues in the Senate and Assembly and New York’s Governor to heed the advice from the feasibility study.