Invenergy dismisses NY wind lawsuit

Invenergy, the Chicago-based independent renewable-power producer, has repudiated a lawsuit brought against its recently completed 94MW Orangeville wind farm in New York state, calling the suit “unfounded”.

It emerged this week that a group of citizens in Wyoming County have filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court seeking to block operation of some of the 58 GE 1.6-103 turbines generating power at the Orangeville project, which went live earlier this year.

In a line of attack familiar to wind developers across the world, the plaintiffs claim the project is having “adverse effects” on their lives, negatively affecting their lives and property values.

But privately owned Invenergy, which manages more than 2.5GW of wind capacity in the US alone, in addition to significant solar and gas-fired capacity, has shrugged the lawsuit off.

“Numerous studies, conducted in countries all over the world, have found no evidence to support a link between sound emitted from wind turbines and adverse health effects,” Invenergy says.

“We took great care in developing the Orangeville wind farm in accordance with all local, state and federal laws and regulations. The lengthy authorization process was open and inclusive, allowing extensive opportunity for citizen input.”

The Orangeville project was awarded to Invenergy under New York state’s competitive procurement process by which it intends to meet its stretching Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Invenergy operates two wind farms in Wyoming County, western New York State – Orangeville and the 112.5MW Sheldon project, brought online in 2009.

It is in the process of wrapping up construction work at the 16MW Marsh Hill wind farm, which is due online in nearby Steuben County by the end of the year.