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Windfarms CWW Informational


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Brad Jones presentation on the impact of wind turbines in Cohocton, NY

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Windfarms CWW Informational

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