The Journal News reported that the New York State Thruway Authority plans to install five wind turbines, expected to generate 1.2 megawatts of electricity combined, to help power its Buffalo offices.
Todd Olinsky-Paul, Manager of Communications, Education and Outreach at the Pace Energy & Climate Center, told The Journal News that wind farms go where the reliable wind is, often along waterfronts and on high elevations.”Unfortunately it’s not always where the load is, but you have to go where the resource is,” he said.
Many of New York’s wind farms are in the western end of the state, he said. Other areas might have the wind, but might be poor sites for other reasons, including the potential for public opposition. As an example, Olinsky-Paul said ridge lines in the Adirondacks might offer the wind.”I imagine there would be a lot of resistance to that sort of a project in a park,” he said.