An upstate New York town is battling plans that would put wind turbines on local land. Yates town councilman John Riggi has promised to accept “no quarter” in the dispute to stop the Lighthouse Wind farm.
The 200-megawatt wind turbines are part of a plan by Apex Clean Energy, which is supported by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo intends to get 50 percent of the state’s energy from green energy by 2030, a drastic increase from the current percentage, which is less than 5.
Riggi says that the town is not opposed to renewable energy, but that the town residents are against the turbines in particular. “The main concern is the desires of the constituency who are massively opposed to this project,” Riggi said. “It is like 87 percent opposed.”
According to the Daily Caller:
Lighthouse Wind could also run into opposition from environmentalists, who are increasingly turning against wind power at the local level. Environmentalists have become concerned with wind powers impact on birds and bats.
The wind farm could make a nearby military base, which is a critical part of the local economy, much less useful. The base pump $200 million a year into the region and employs over 2,600 people.
Riggi is also worried about the health concerns involving wind turbines. One of most common complaints about wind turbines by local residents is that they cause “flickering” when the sun is behind their blades. This is generally agreed to be incredibly annoying and there’s evidence that it can cause headaches, sleep disorders, anxiety and depression symptoms in people who live nearby.
Riggi has called Cuomo’s policies inflexible, saying that town residents should have a choice in how the reach green targets.