Friday, July 23, 2010

Youngstown Yacht Club Against Proposed WInd Turbines in Lake Ontario

Please help us by contacting the Niagara County, New York Legislators to voice your opposition against NYPA's Offshore Wind Turbine project and vote on the Niagara Gazette survey, links attached!

Please help us prior to the July 27th meeting of the Legislature.
Thanks for your help,
The Youngstown Yacht Club Board of Directors

The YYC Board is embroiled in a very significant effort to organize YYC Members and others in our community aligned in opposition to the New York Power Authority (NYPA's) Great Lakes Offshore Wind  (GLOW) project.

This project  is opposed by Fort Niagara, the Youngstown Village Council as well as towns or villages of Sardinia, Porter, Oswego, Greece, Hamburg and Cattaraugus County to name a few. The Niagara County Legislature initially supported this project but they are now having second thoughts. They will review this topic again at their July 27th meeting. We would like to have you help our cause by contacting the Niagara County Legislators on the list below and by emailing them to state your opposition to this project.

As mentioneded in [the YYC newsletter], Ripple's, NYPA's stated objective is to facilitate the installation of a wind turbine farm about 2 miles off the shore of Fort Niagara, from the mouth of the river to Wilson. The areas contiguous to this farm and radiating out 1/2 mile in all directions would likely be closed to recreational navigation. This would result in the loss of our Olympic Circle and the site of the Level Regatta. Theses functions cannot be moved further out as the depth of the lake is too great to set the race marks.

This problem goes far beyond the loss of a magnificent scenic vista and natural resource. The electrical power that would be produced by this farm of 450 foot tall turbines is unneeded in WNY so it will be  diverted downstate, as our excess power currently is. As this sporadically produced electrical power becomes available (wind turbines produce at capacity about 30% of the time) the most logical place to reduce output to maintain the needed balance in the grid would most likely be the Robert Moses generation facility in Lewiston (a very green facility).

Nuclear facilities don't spool up and down very efficiently and coal burning facilities like Somerset would have to be operating on standby mode in case the wind  is too strong or too light which happens frequently. The financial incentive to build these wind turbine farms go to the developers who will be chosen by NYPA and will receive long term Power Purchase Agreements  (PPA's) from NYPA guaranteeing the developers a much higher than the market price for electricity. This cost is then born by the rate payers. Tax credits from governments are also part of the incentive to entice developers to build these projects.

Remember the ethanol craze of a few years ago,  again transactions that made no economic sense without massive subsidies. The potential winners here are the wind turbine manufacturers, none of which are in the US. NYPA has spoken of thousands of jobs being created, but they will not be from the manufacture of the turbines. The installation of massive pedestals in the lake bed will require specialists in marine construction this will produce few if any jobs. The staging  port for such a project would have to be Rochester since no port in Niagara County can accommodate vessels of the size required to build out this project.

Here is how you can help.

1) Here is a link to the Niagara Gazette website, at the bottom of the home page is the spot to vote in their poll against the wind turbine project off the Niagara shore.

2) Below are a list of names of the Niagara County Legislators with hyperlinks to create emails directly to the members. Please click on each and state your opposition to the GLOW project. If you know how to copy and paste you can use the same text to each legislator and not have to retype them.

Thanks for your help.
John Reinhold,
Commodore YYC

Niagara County Legislature
Richard A Marasco
809 Vanderbilt Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Renee Kimble
3302 Hyde Park Blvd
Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Jason J Cafarella
2259 Forest Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14301

Dennis F. Virtuoso
2703 Independence Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14301

Vincent M Sandonato
824 91st Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Danny W Sklarski
2119 Tuscarora Rd
Niagara Falls, NY14304

Gerald K Farnham
5460 Hinman Road
Lockport, NY 14094

William L Ross
6761 Walmore Rd
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Philip "Russ" Rizzo
590 William St
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Peter E Smolinski
449 Robert Dr
N. Tonawanda, NY 14120

Paul B Wojtaszek
30 Sherwood Ct.
N. Tonawanda, NY 14120

John D Ceretto
685 Cayuga Dr.
Lewiston, NY 14092

Clyde L Burmaster
2515 Parker Rd
Ransomville, NY 14131

David E Godfrey
4821 Lake Rd
Burt, NY 14028

Anthony J Nemi
87 S New York St
Lockport, NY 14094

Wm Keith McNall
739 Willow St
Lockport, NY 14094

Richard E Updegrove
4688 Day Rd
Lockport, NY 14094

John Syracuse
6091 Condron Rd
Newfane, NY 14108

Michael A Hill
3464 Stone Rd
Middleport, NY 14105

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