Legislation introduced by New York State Senator George Borrello (R,C), would require New York City to accept wind turbines at a rate equal to Upstate New York. The bill would block the New York State Board on Electrical Generation from granting a wind turbine permit for Upstate New York unless a permit were also granted for installing a wind turbine in New York City.
Reading from a prepared statement, Sen. Borrello said, “New York state’s leadership has expressed a commitment to making the state the most progressive in the country in its energy policy and conversion to renewables. To clear the path for their agenda, they have trampled on the state’s constitutional home rule doctrine, forcing Upstate localities to accept industrial wind turbine installations even when local officials and residents are fiercely opposed.”
Borrello went on to argue that the beautiful landscapes of Upstate New York are being destroyed to make room for industrial wind turbines, while New York City has not had to accommodate any wind turbines. This despite the fact that the overwhelming amount of renewable energy produced in rural areas of New York is sent to New York City. Although Upstate New York is already mostly carbon free, New York City is still heavily reliant on fossil fuels for electricity generation.
“New York’s transition to renewable energy is going to require great sacrifices and higher costs. Those burdens shouldn’t fall disproportionately on the shoulders of Upstate and Long Island residents,” Borrello said. “This measure is aimed at ensuring all regions of the state bear their fair share of the difficulties that will accompany this transition.”
Source: Ocean Times Herald