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Published on January 30th, 2009 | by Dave Tyler


Noble Says Three New York Wind Farms are Operational

January 30th, 2009 by  

More wind power is now online in New York State.

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.

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Dave has over a decade of experience in journalism covering a wide variety of topics. He spent 7 years on the business beat for the Rochester (N.Y) Democrat and Chronicle, covering technology issues including the state's growing green economy. When he's not writing, you'll find Dave enjoying his family, being a bit of a music snob, and praying that the Notre Dame football team can get its act together. He lives in Rochester.

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