Windfarms CWW Informational
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  • 1. Why should I care?
    • If I don’t live near the windfarms, how can they affect me? Why should I care?
    • Because quality of life, personal wealth, economic development, and public health and safety can be impacted miles away from an industrial windfarm.
  • 2. What is a Windfarm?
    • A windfarm is an industrial electrical generating facility.
    • Local windfarms will have approximately 50 wind turbines each over 4000 to 6000 acres
    • Each wind turbine is 400 ft. tall, with a rotor sweep area of 1.25 acres
    • A turbine weighs 270 tons and sits on a foundation of more than a thousand cubic yards of concrete.
  • 3. How many windfarms are planned?
    • According to the WFP DEIS, there are nine proposed windfarms nearby including Italy, Prattsburgh, and Cohocton.
    • In total, 519 wind turbines, the largest windfarm east of the Mississippi.
    • 59% more capacity than Ginna Nuclear Plant,
    • 15% more capacity than Somerset Station.
  • 4. Your Quality of Life
    • Loss of rural character, peace, scenic beauty, and our cultural heritage
    • Risks to public health and safety (most serious are low frequency noise and blade flicker)
    • Construction delays (thousands of hours over six months)
  • 5. Your wallet
    • Decline in the market value of your property
    • Reduction in tourism dollars hurts everyone
    • Loss of millions in property taxes through PILOT
    • Impact on job growth and economic development
  • 6. Gross Economic Value of WFP (over 20 years)
    • $61.2M in usable electricity
    • $7M in PILOT
    • $6M in wages for WFP employees
    • Gross Economic Value = $74.12M
  • 7. Gross Economic Costs (20 years)
    • 3% drop in Tourism = $120M
    • 15% loss in property value = $20M
    • Construction Delays = $1M.
    • Avian Mortality = $2M
    • Health and Safety = $13.71M
    • Decommissioning = $60M
    • Gross Economic Cost = $216.71M
  • 8. Net Economic Value of WFP
    • Total Benefit = $74,120,000
    • Total Cost = $216,710,000
    • Net economic loss = $142,590,000 plus the millions of your tax dollars paid to the developers.