Last month, a town in Jefferson County banned wind farms, as our David Sommerstein reported.
The town of Henderson, on the shore of eastern Lake Ontario in Jefferson County, has side-stepped future wind clashes. It’s become the first North Country town to ban all wind turbines – industrial ones, private ones, even wind test towers.
Now the Watertown Daily Times is reporting that the town of Hammond is considering restrictions on wind farms that would provide locals with new financial guarantees.
The board is considering a law proposed by the town’s wind committee that would require Iberdrola Renewables to compensate property owners who see drops in their land values because of the presence of wind turbines. The proposal also requires the company to buy out any property owner who objects to living near a turbine.
According to the article, Iberdrola is balking at the proposal.
In a letter to the town, Ibedrola senior counsel Mark Epstein told the town the company was “very surprised and disappointed” that the proposal made its way through the wind committee “without having the opportunity to discuss … fully documented evidence.”
So what do you think? Are local governments bringing the proper level of skepticism and oversight to these projects? Or are they stifling a promising new industry?