Pendleton officials to debate windmills

PENDLETON, N.Y. (WIVB) – Officials in the Town of Pendleton will discuss whether a resident can put a windmill up in his yard, Tuesday night. The conversation seems to be more of an issue with a push toward clean renewable energy.

The Pendleton Planning Board was given the task of setting up codes that will determine how windmills can be constructed within the town.  The ordinance will take into account height, distance from the road, including other properties, and noise factors.

The whole issue stems from a recent request by a Mapleton Road property owner who wants to construct a windmill.

The State Thruway Authority has already moved in this direction with windmills already in place at several toll booths on the westbound I-90.

Division Director of the New York State Thruway Tom Perciak said, “The Thruway Authority has looked at various types of renewable energy and in 2011 when the governor signed into legislation that metering law, it made it more economical.”

Pericak said, “There’s a benefit definitely.  It’s reducing our overall operating cost partially, it’s also in line with the state’s goal to have 30 percent of it’s energy generated by renewable energy sources.”

The Pendleton Board has already reviewed existing codes from surrounding towns and hope to have new restrictions in place for the next meeting, which is Tuesday night.

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