Why the delay for Arkwright?
This is in reference to the "Arkwright residents anxious for wind power" article on July 15.
I attended that meeting. I believe the gentleman's comments on the Steel Sun solar project announcement in The Buffalo News on July 14 were misconstrued in the article.
Our recollection is that he remarked on the seeming fast-track nature of this upcoming Industrial Scale Solar Installation (13,000 panels / 4 megawatts generation annually ), while in comparison the Arkwright Wind Farm has been denied completion for many, many years.
Fast-tracking was the issue.
At the meeting the reason given for the Arkwright delay was the denial of 20-year Power Purchase Agreements. Please see this recent article: http://renews.biz/70168/new-york-launches-20-year-ppas/ and also this announcement from the NY Public Service Commission " Major Changes to Renewable Energy Program to Spur Greater Development of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects in NY: www3.dps.ny.gov/pscweb/WebFileRoom.nsf/ArticlesByCategory/E7570E53EA2ECB8C85257D090068B22F/$File/pr14043.pdf?OpenElement
We see windmills all across our nation, on our local farms, on our Thruway exchanges, and in Buffalo and other Western New York sites. Why indeed is a 20-year PPA unattainable for Arkwright?
Perhaps the sites I have provided you will lead to clues on recent state Public Service Commission or NYSERDA developments which could provide a breakthrough for Renewable Power Generation in our area.
Fredonia team scores for park
I would like to offer my appreciation to the Fredonia football team members who helped with the work on the benches that are located in the park last weekend. Team members arrived at 1 p.m. Saturday and worked throughout the afternoon.
They were so fabulous, polite and helpful. About 25 young men finished the more than 30 benches in Barker Common area.
Special thanks to assistant coach Rob Brown of the team and Robert Scudder for donating the materials for this group to help.