Wind company favors old law

Iberdrola Renewables last week asked the Town Council to keep in place its "reasonable" wind law and not adopt the recommendations of the town's wind advisory committee.

The company, which wants to build its Stone Church Wind project in the town, believes the town's existing law "is reasonable and consistent with the majority of 15 operating wind farms in New York state," said spokeswoman Jenny L. Burke.

The wind advisory committee's recommendations — addressing sound limits, property setbacks and a requirement that Iberdrola reimburse owners who believe a wind farm would lower their property value — essentially would kill the project, Ms. Burke said.

"If you take the committee's recommendations as is, you're eliminating a project before a site-specific plan and our environmental impact statement have even been produced," she said.

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