Published on January 30th, 2009 | by Dave Tyler6
Noble Says Three New York Wind Farms are Operational
January 30th, 2009 by Dave Tyler
Noble Environmental Power has completed work on three wind farms in New York, and all three sites are generating power, a company spokeswoman said.
The three projects will produce about 328 megawatts, enough energy to power about 110,000 homes, the Essex, Conn.-based company said.
The three sites and their capacities are: Altona, Clinton County, 97.5 MW; Chateaugay, Franklin, County, 106.5 MW; and Wethersfield, Wyoming County, 124 MW. All three sites are using General Electric turbines.
As credit markets worsen, some companies, including Noble, have put certain projects on hold. In November, Noble announced it was scaling back its 2009 plans, and it laid off some workers.
But despite the condition of the economy, wind power projects continue to spring up in New York, because of the consistent prevailing winds off Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. New York has over 700 MW of wind generating capacity in use, and a goal of adding 8,000 MW more. State officials have said they want to meet 25 percent of the state’s power needs with wind. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to use more wind power in the Big Apple too.