Rochester Billionaire Fights New York Wind Farms

The thought of having these wind farms all over the picturesque Finger Lakes landscape has Tom Golisano seeing red, and he's using his own green to fight it.

Published: 06-Jun-2005

After running three times for governor, Tom Golisano now has another campaign: against wind power.

Rochester's resident billionaire and founder of Paychex Inc. is leading the charge against a state-backed plan to add hundreds, possibly thousands, of wind turbines in New York, including in the Finger Lakes region.

The turbines would be as tall as 400 feet - more than twice as high as the Little Joe Tower in Corning, which soars to 196 feet. And they would be as wide as a football field.


As a part of the process announced Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management is amending 52 land-use plans in nine Western states, which Norton said will clear the way for wind farms generating 3,200 megawatts of wind energy

With an area of 568 and 85,000 residents, Phu Quoc's estimated electricity demand in 2005 was at 20,234 MWh, while its diesel-fueled generators produce only 7.5 MW, less than half the island's demand.

Giant 10 megawatt turbines of the future could be situated far from shore, avoiding battles with onshore residents who object to the presence of large wind farms.


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