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Company eyes Yates, Somerset for wind farm

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Apex Clean Energy will have open house in Yates on Dec. 9

Apex Clean Energy – A 200-megawatt wind farm is eyed for the towns of Yates and Somerset along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

YATES – A company is eyeing the lakeshore towns of Yates in Orleans County and Somerset in Niagara for a 200-megawatt wind farm called “Lighthouse Wind.”

Apex Clean Energy hasn’t made an official proposal for the project yet, but it is connecting with landowners and local officials in the communities. The company had an open house last month at the Barker Fire Hall and will be available for another open house from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Yates Town Hall.

The company is considering 60 to 75 of the wind turbines that tower about 500 feet. The Orleans Economic Development Agency discussed the project this morning at its monthly board meeting.

The EDA would like to be a part of the project to ensure revenue from the wind farm is directed to Yates, the county and the Lyndonville school district. Jim Whipple, the EDA executive director, said the potential revenue for the community has Yates town officials “excited.”

The electricity from the wind turbines would be tied into the grid near the Somerset power plant, Whipple said.

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