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Wind provides clean, reliable energy source

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A recent letter on June 25 misstated the facts on wind energy. Studies and real-world experience consistently demonstrate that wind farms are beneficial economically and environmentally for their host communities.

Wind power’s economic benefits are particularly clear. Surrounding communities receive added tax base and local investment, while consumers benefit from wind power’s low-cost, fixed-rate pricing.

New wind projects are typically developed on private land, providing lease revenue for farmers and other rural landowners. They also benefit surrounding communities by providing added tax revenue that can be used for improving roads, schools and emergency services.

Added wind power also saves consumers money by displacing the most expensive, least efficient source of electricity on the utility grid, usually an older fossil fuel source.

While every energy production choice, and every human activity, will have some environmental consequences, producing wind energy is relatively benign.

Wind power does not create harmful emissions that pollute our water or air, require drilling or mining for fuel, or require expensive, permanent storage for hazardous waste. Furthermore, a number of peer-reviewed, scientific studies have found no direct causal link between wind turbines and adverse impacts on human health.

Concerns about property values surrounding wind farms are also misguided. Studies using a variety of sophisticated statistical techniques have found no evidence of persistent post-construction effects from wind projects.

Clean, affordable and domestically developed and produced, wind energy should be a major part of our state’s energy future.

Valerie Strauss

Albany

The writer is interim executive director, Alliance for Clean Engery New York.

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