January 09, 2006

Opening of New Wind Farm Lauded by Environmental Groups

By: by The Business Review


A group of environmental, public interest and faith groups have scheduled a press conference in Albany, N.Y., on Jan. 10 to praise the operation of the Maple Ridge Wind Farm.

Groups such as Environmental Advocates of New York, New York Public Interest Research Group, and New York Interfaith Power and Light plan on attending the 10:30 a.m. press conference at the Legislative Office Building to celebrate the creation of the wind farm in Lewis County, which is in the process of opening.

AWS Truewind, located in Albany NanoTech, is one of the companies behind the Maple Ridge Wind Farm on the Tug Hill Plateau in Lewis County, a $350 million project that will generate 900 megawatt hours of power a year with 195 turbines spread out over 1,500 acres.

That's 1 percent of the energy consumed by New Yorkers.

The Tug Hill project has been labeled the largest wind power project east of the Mississippi, but Patrick Doyle, director of development for Horizon Wind Energy, the Houston co-developer of the project, said it's one of the largest projects in the nation.