Fri November 12, 2010

Litchfield supervisor quits over wind power debate

Tensions around wind power are causing Litchfield Town Supervisor, Wayne Casler, to step down.
johnnyalive via Flickr

The rural farming town of Litchfield, located southeast of Utica, is divided when it comes to wind power. Supervisor Wayne Casler is in favor of wind power, and has been shepherding the town government toward writing new laws to govern wind power.

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Wed September 22, 2010
Reinventing the Windmill

Wind gets personal

Ron and Sue Bailey on their front porch in East Meredith. These two have had their disagreements over wind turbines.
Emma Jacobs WSKG

Wind developers have been crawling all over the small towns in upstate New York, looking for enough land to justify building turbines.  They started scouting East Meredith, near Oneonta about four years ago.  At that point, wind wasn’t even on Ron Bailey’s radar.

Bailey lives in an old farmhouse with his wife Sue.  He was approached by a wind company about leasing his land for turbines.  Initially, he was enthusiastic.

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Wed September 15, 2010
Reinventing the Windmill

Wind proponents play defense at Litchfield town board meeting

A view of Herkimer County. Litchfield is located in the southwest corner of the county. Some residents don't want views like this obstructed by wind turbines.
dougtone via Flickr

The sparsely populated town of Litchfield, N.Y. is working on writing a law to regulate wind turbines. The issue is so big, separate workshops are scheduled, devoted solely to work on the legislation. Emotions run high during those meetings.

Tuesday night, Litchfield held its regularly scheduled monthly town board meeting. They examined balance sheets and discussed license fees for dog tags- normal town government stuff.

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