Alternative Energy Series, Production of Renewable Energy in the Twin Tiers

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM)- Clean energy initiatives are becoming a large focus across not only the Twin Tiers but the United States. There are multiple ways to produce clean energy, but here in New York it appears we have four main contributors.

Wind energy, especially in Steuben county, is a large contributor to clean energy here in the state. Multiple wind farms have been set up across the state and one new project is set to start construction in the Canisteo area. Invenergy is a renewable energy corporation that is working on the Canisteo Wind Farm Project.

“The Canisteo Wind Farm is a 290 megawatt project in Steuben county,” said Gordon Woodcock, Renewable Development at Invenergy. “It will produce enough energy each year for 110,000 homes in New York state.”

Another main form of clean energy here in the Twin Tiers was solar energy. Solar panels are constructed which then use the sun to produce clean energy. A new solar is currently in the works for Steuben county that would be located at the old landfill in Bath.

“We were looking at potentially up to nineteen megawatts for the total size of this solar project at this site,” said Richard Bills, Environmental Project Coordinator.

Two other forms of renewable energy include geothermal and then hydroelectric. Geothermal involves using heat pumps to absorb the capacity of the earth in order to heat homes during the winter and cool them during the summer. Hydroelectric uses running water, for example a river, to produce clean and efficient energy. One plant that is currently still in operation is located near Ithaca. More information on these two forms will come in the next week from experts at the Cornell University.

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