NY town rejects wind farm, sets moratorium

ITALY, N.Y. (AP) - A town in the scenic Finger Lakes region of western New York has rejected an application from a company that wanted to build an 18-turbine wind farm.

The Italy Town Board also voted Monday night to impose a moratorium on accepting any new applications for wind farm developments.

For at least five years, Ecogen LLC has sought permission to build a total of 34 turbines in the area - 18 in Italy and 16 in nearby Prattsburgh. The turbines would be 415 feet tall, equal to those erected by another company in the adjoining town of Cohocton in Steuben County.

Beth O'Brien, a spokeswoman for Ecogen's partner, Pattern Energy Group, said the firm was "extremely disappointed" and "weighing its options."


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