Will Wind Turbines Be Built in Lake Erie?

September 27, 2013 Updated May 3, 2010 at 6:37 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 3, 2010 at 6:37 PM EDT

We've seen wind turbines built on land, but what about putting them in water? A plan by the New York Power Authority would put dozens of windmills in Lake Erie and Ontario. NYPA is currently requesting proposals for the project, but it's an idea that's not blowing over well with some Western New Yorkers.

"I think it's an outrage that anyone would consider wind turbines in Lake Erie," said Tom Marks, the New York Directior of Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council. "The vibrations from the wind turbines are believed to impact fish migration, and repel them off their spawning habitat. Some of this is unknown and why experiment in the great lakes?"

The project, called the Great Lakes Off Shore Wind Project or GLOW, would put any where from 40 to 166 wind turbines in Lake Erie and Ontario. The exact size and locations have yet to be determined. NYPA officials say the project would be the first freshwater wind farm and help provide long and short term jobs. Officials are also working closely with various organizations to make sure environmental concerns are addressed and regulations are met.

"We have been meeting with environmental groups along the lakes, as well as businesses, and officials to get their input," said Connie Cullen, spokesperson for NYPA. "So as we move forward, we are identifying concerns so we can select a project that will work best with the community."

Assemblyman Jack Quinn will host a "State of Lake Erie" meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Thursday, May 6th at the Armor Fire Hall located at 4932 Clark Street in Hamburg. A speaker for the New York Power Authority is expected to talk about the wind turbines in and along the shores of Lake Erie.