Assemblyman Lopez Hosts Tour Of Wind Farms In Central New York

Part of continued commitment to promoting alternative energy sources
July 2, 2007
Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I – Schoharie) has planned a day-long tour of wind farms throughout Central New York as he works with his colleagues at state and local levels to find a solution to New York’s growing energy concerns.

The tour, which will take place on Tuesday, July 17, and will run from about 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., will consist of visits to the Madison Wind Project, Fenner Wind Energy Project and Maple Ridge Wind Farm. The tour is free of charge to those who would like to attend. Bus transportation and a box lunch will be provided.

“We need to work to actively promote clean and renewable energy sources,” said Assemblyman Lopez. “I hope to learn much from this tour and am looking forward to working with community residents, local government leaders and business owners in the region to create a sustainable future for New York.”

Throughout the day, there will be open discussions on alternative energy sources. Those on the tour will explore the pros and cons of wind farming and will have an opportunity to speak with community residents where the wind generating facilities are located to hear their opinions.

The bus will depart from the Schoharie Exit Park and Ride on I-88 at 7:30 and will arrive at the Town of Madison Tourist Information Center where participants will receive an overview of the Madison Wind Project.

From there, the group will continue on to the Fenner Renewable Energy Center where a tour of the Fenner Wind Energy Project will be given.

Finally, before returning home, the bus will arrive at the Maple Ridge Wind Project Visitors Center in Martinsburg. The bus is scheduled to return to Schoharie at about 7 in the evening.

“Our society is in transition and we need to be able to make decisions with eyes open,” said Lopez. “I encourage folks to join me on this important fact-finding trip.”

Attendance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the tour will adhere to a prompt schedule, so attendees are encouraged to arrive in a timely fashion.

For more details, feel free to call Assemblyman Lopez’s Schoharie office at (518) 295-7250.