Barre resident appointed to Siting Board to review Heritage Wind

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 June 2018 at 12:55 pm

Robin Nacca

BARRE – A Barre resident has been appointed by the State Senate to serve as an ad hoc member of the Siting Board that will determine whether a proposed wind turbine project is approved in Barre.

Robin Nacca has established Know Your Facts USA, seeking to provide truthful data about wind turbines.

She said Town Supervisor Sean Pogue asked her to serve on the Siting Board. Barre can have two residents on the seven-member board. Nacca is the first to be appointed. That happened last month by State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan.

Carl Heastie, the Assembly speaker, is supposed to appoint the other resident from Barre. When Heastie didn’t appoint someone in a timely manner for the Lighthouse Wind project in Yates and Somerset, Gov. Cuomo stepped in to make the appointment – Russ Martino of Yates.

Nacca challenged Pogue for town supervisor in a Republican primary and then in the November election last year.

“I’m a very unbiased person,” she said. “I don’t like people drawing conclusions until they have the facts.”

Nacca lives on Route 98. Her property is adjacent to land that has been leased for a possible turbine.

The seven-member Siting Board has five state representatives including the chairman of the Department of Public Service, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, commissioner of the Department of Health, chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and the commissioner of Economic Development.

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