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New York's Clean Energy Future

Terra-Gen is proposing a 147 megawatt (MW) wind energy project in Steuben County, NY. The location of the components is still under review but the current proposal would include the Towns of Prattsburgh, Wheeler, Avoca, Howard and Cohocton. The project will bring a number of benefits to the community including well-paying jobs during both construction and operation, improvements to local roads, and payments of approximately $1MM annually to the community shared between the county and applicable towns and school districts. Wind is also central to New York's clean energy future that will support clean air, water and a healthy climate.

Terra-Gen specializes in the development, construction, and operation of utility-scale wind electrical generation facilities.

Efficient Modern Turbines

Technological advances allow turbines to reach stronger, steadier winds.* The Prattsburgh project will use 35 to 40 modern turbines, each generating usable amounts of electricity of 4 MWs and up over 90 percent of the time. Today's wind farms provide the same grid reliability as conventional plants.*

Made In The USA & Affordable

The average price of U.S. wind power declined by 69 percent in the last seven years. Made-in-the-USA manufacturing contributes to wind’s affordability. Over 500 factories in 41 states in the U.S. supply chain help avoid shipping large, heavy turbine components over longer distances.*

Economic Development Driver

Wind power provides well-paying jobs for over 114,000 Americans. Turbine technician is the second fastest growing job in the United States, increasing 96 percent over the next decade.* The Prattsburgh project will employ 100 workers during construction and 12 plant operators once online.

All statements and statistics about wind energy technology and operations in the United States are from the American Wind Energy Association.


December 29, 2023
Albany, NY

Click here to view the full Combined Notice to towns of Prattsburgh, Avoca, Cohocton, Howard, and Wheeler, Steuben

About the Project

The proposed 147MW Prattsburgh Wind Project (application linked here) is to be located in the Towns of Avoca, Cohocton, Howard, Wheeler and Prattsburgh in Steuben County, NY.  The project will include up to 37 turbines with individual nameplate capacity between 3.8MW and 6.2MWs with tip heights of up to 655 feet and also include transmission lines, access roads, underground cable and a project substation.  The project proposes to interconnect into the NYSEG 230kV Meyer to Avoca line and deliver power into the NYISO system.

Expected Local Economic Benefits

  • Approximately 80 FTE construction jobs, and opportunities for local construction and construction supply vendors.
  • More than $500,000 annually in direct lease, easement and neighbor agreement payments to landowners.
  • Approximately 8 FTE permanent, full-time jobs.
  • Up to $1.2M annually in increased revenues to county and local municipal tax bases to help defray costs for schools, public safety and county services.
  • Approximately $4.2 million estimated project spending on local goods and services during development and construction.
Workers reviewing wind turbine performance in the field.

Community Benefits

Rural communities benefit from public road enhancements, increased tax revenues to fund local infrastructure and public services, schools and other community infrastructure.  The construction and operations and maintenance create direct and indirect benefits of additional jobs and increased demand for local goods and services within the community. Leases for wind energy provide a long-term stable source of income for the families that host the components of the project and provide for additional secondary economic benefit in the area.

New Regulations from the Office of Renewable Citing (September 2020)

Draft Regulations Required from the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (Updated 9/18/2020)

Requests for Intervenor Funding

Office of Renewable Energy Siting Homepage

Testimonials from Local Supporters

Climate Change continues to intensify. Without alternative energy -- windmills, etc. -- our peaceful landscape, our rural environment will vanish. Our beloved Ash trees will not be the only species we will lose.

When I look at the local wind mills, I see majestic, white, sculptural forms generating electricity for free! I am awed by their beauty, and deeply grateful for their purpose.

I want my grandchildren (all future children!) to breathe clean air; drink clean water; and be able to use electricity that does not pollute, destroy trees, or damn up water ways.

We support the proposed Prattsburgh Wind Farm project. We know this is a good opportunity for the town, school, county and Prattsburgh landowners to benefit financially from the abundant wind resource here.

I firmly believe that in order to have a sustainable future we need to move away from the use of fossil fuel to produce electricity sooner not later. I especially like the fact that wind power has the potential to produce countless new jobs in all sectors from wind equipment production to project construction to installed equipment operation and maintenance.

I see the Prattsburgh Wind project as a win-win for my community for many years to come.

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Project Documents

As the proposed Prattsburgh wind project advances, public documents will be posted to this site.

Open House Records

Epsilon Noise Thermometer - Open House
Epsilon Summer Sound Monitoring Locations
Wind Turbine Noise Study
2019-09-30 Open House Boards
Facility Area

Wind Turbines and Health

A Critical Review of the Scientific Literature
Noise and Health Survey

Other Important Links

94-C Permit Filings
Noise and Health Survey


How can I learn more about the 94-c siting process? 

Please visit the ORES website or watch this Webinar prepared by NYSERDA on the ORES Siting Process here:

How can I monitor and/or participate in the 94-c proceedings about this project?

Those wishing to receive all notices concerning the proposed facility can subscribe here:

Where can I read more about wind energy?

Below are a few resources and articles where you can learn more about wind energy:

American Wind Energy Association
Southern Alliance For Clean Energy
CleanTechnica: Wind Energy Prices Continue To Fall Due To Technology Advancements & Cost Reductions
Forbes: Want The Cheapest Electricity? Build Solar And Wind Farms, Not Coal Power Plants
Fortune: The 20 Fastest Growing Jobs in America—And How Much They Pay

What is the Local Agency Account and how does it work?

The siting process under 94-c requires that applicants submit with their application $1,000 dollars for each MW of capacity, to be deposited into a local agency account to be made available to local agencies and potential community intervenors for the purpose of contributing to a complete record leading to an informed permit decision as to the appropriateness of the site and the facility, and for local agencies, shall include the use of funds to determine whether a proposed facility is designed to be sited, constructed and operated in compliance with applicable local laws and regulations.  This includes the cost to defray expenses for experts.  

The application has been filed as of September 23, 2022. Hard copies of the Application can examined during normal business hours at the Office of Renewable Energy Siting and at the Prattsburgh Free Library, Avoca Free Library, Cohocton Public Library, Howard Public Library and the Dormann Library.  

Seventy-five percent of local agency account funds shall be reserved for local agencies.

Any local agency or potential community intervenor shall submit a request for initial funding within thirty (30) days of the date of application filing and such requests can be made to:  or by mail to:

Attention: Request for Local Agency Account Funding
Office of Renewable Energy Siting
Empire State Plaza
240 State Street
P-1 South, J Dock
Albany, NY 12242

How Can I Reach the Office of Renewable Energy Siting?

You can contact the ORES using the contact information below: 

Office of Renewable Energy Siting
Empire State Plaza
240 State Street
P-1 South, J Dock
Albany, NY 12242