New York State may soon have 30 MW of operating wind plants at three different sites -- in large part because of state financial aid. New York's second wind farm, 6.6 MW in Wyoming County, was dedicated in mid-October. The ten 660 kW Vestas turbines from Denmark were installed by Western New York Wind Corp, a California-registered group led by Phillip Andres, sales manager of Vestas-American Wind Technology. Its dedication came just a month after the state's first wind farm, a merchant plant consisting of 11.55 MW and developed by PG&E Operating Group, was inaugurated in September in Madison County (Windpower Monthly, October 2000). Meanwhile, a third wind farm of 12 MW has just received planning permits in Madison County. That project is being developed by Atlantic Renewable Energy Corp of Virginia, which recently unveiled plans for a 75 MW wind plant in West Virginia. The three wind farms are drawing on $6 million in public interest funding from a systems benefits charge. New York is a key area in the strategy of the US wind lobby group, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). It is populous and has a decent wind resource in the central state. AWEA's David Wooley, whose lobbying for green groups in New York helped win a $235 million fund for renewables and efficiency, estimates that 150 to 180 MW of installed wind capacity will be in the ground or committed to within three years in New York.
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