GOP Assemblymen Angelo J. Morinello and Mike Norris are co-sponsoring a bill (A.3340) to amend Article 10 requiring a local referendum for large-scale energy projects in New York. Under current Article 10 law, energy companies can facilitate and establish new facilities without input or approval from local communities.
A press release said, “This legislation would give a voice back to the public and allow communities to work with the state to find amicable agreements regarding the placement of energy facilities and assets.”
“There’s no question, we need representatives from the public to have a seat at the table,” Morinello said. “The emergence of green and renewable energy sources is imperative for the future of our state’s environment and economy, but each type of energy comes at a cost to taxpayers and local residents. Solar and wind energy facilities need considerable amounts of land. Many rural communities in Western New York enjoy their peace and quiet and fear new facilities will diminish the lives they’re accustomed to.
“The bill proposed by Assemblyman Norris and I will stop outside influences from forcing their will on rural communities and give a voice to local residents concerned with new energy projects.”