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Governor cautious on wind power

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Last week in Watertown, Governor Paterson was asked for his opinion about the wind power projects near the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, Clayton, and Hammond. He said wind power developers need to be "more careful about siting" in the region, given the St. Lawrence River's "cultural and historic value". That sounded extremely cautionary for a Governor who's just proposed ambitious growth plans for wind and solar energy in New York. So David Sommerstein called Paul DeSotis, deputy energy secretary for Governor Paterson, to interpret the Governor's remarks. Speaking while on a layover at National airport, DeSotis said Paterson was referring to wind power's intermittency - wind turbines only make electricity when the wind's blowing. And he was talking about bottlenecks in the state's power grid that make it hard to send electricity from northern New York - where the wind is - downstate to where the most demand is.

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David Sommerstein
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