June 26, 2013

Wind farm makes first payments in lieu of taxes

EDP delivered $1,291,500 to county, towns, districts

PLATTSBURGH — The first of many checks to come from a major wind farm was delivered Tuesday.

With the funds — a total $1,291,500 — came the promise of a long-term, bountiful relationship.

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“We don’t want to be the people who just write the checks and then leave,” said Adam Renz, external communications associate for EDP Renewables North America LLC of Houston, Texas, which operates Marble River Wind Farm in the towns of Ellenburg and Clinton.

“We may not have Birkenstocks on, but the vast majority of us are in renewables because we like it.”


The check is the first payment in lieu of taxes to be shared by Clinton County, the towns of Ellenburg and Clinton and the school districts of Northern Adirondack and Chateaugay.

The company’s farm features 70 Vestas wind turbines along the Route 11 corridor in northwestern Clinton County.

In addition to providing the municipalities and school districts with funding, the company also has deals with private-property owners for use of their land or right-of-ways.

The 492-foot towers that dominate the landscape are the tallest of their kind in North America, Renz said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“They are the crown jewel in our portfolio.”


The project went online last fall, and Tuesday’s payments were the first of an agreement that will stretch out over 20 years.

EDP Tax Manager John Taylor said the deal was hammered out during meetings with the taxing jurisdictions, as well as the County of Clinton Industrial Development Agency.

“These payments will continue for 20 years, and this agreement can be escalated after that,” Taylor said.

Of the nearly $1.3 million, the county will get about $185,000; Northern Adirondack, almost $600,000; the Town of Ellenburg, $88,500; the Town of Clinton, $396,000; and Chateaugay School District, about $22,000.

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