Passage Of Power Plant Siting Law In New York Expected To Help Wind Projects

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The Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., and members of the legislature for passing the Power NY Act of 2011, which reinstates New York's Article X, a statewide power plant siting law.

‘A comprehensive, streamlined process for siting new power plants, especially for clean energy projects like wind farms, will have a dramatic positive impact on the state's goal of providing affordable and reliable energy, improving our environment and creating jobs and economic growth through energy policy,’ says Carol E. Murphy, executive director of ACE NY.

New York's previous Article X law, which expired Jan. 1, 2003, allowed for the siting of ‘major’ electric generating facilities i.e., facilities sized 80 MW or larger and was overseen by a multi-agency siting board that included public representatives.

The new legislation renews the previous Article X law and amends it to provide siting oversight for power plants in excess of 25 MW and includes strong protections for public participation, community impacts and air quality effects.

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