On the road to clean energy

CHENANGO COUNTY – One area organization took its campaign to promote renewable resources in Chenango County on the road Saturday.

Representatives from the Chenango County Farm Bureau attended the first “Energy Fair” in Lackawaxen, Pa., located about 75 miles southeast of Binghamton.



The fair was a showcase of environmentally safe and community accessible power sources, Farm Bureau President Bradd Vickers said. Vickers, with wife Rainy and bureau Vice President Giff Foster, presented their progress on two alternative energy projects they’re currently developing locally.

The event was organized by the Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition (UDPC) – which protects scenic areas along the Delaware River in Sullivan County and Eastern Pennsylvania – partly in response to the New York Regional Interconnect power line project.

“The goal was to get people looking at the alternatives that exist in energy,” said Vickers. “It promotes creating more localized energy sources versus stringing up 200-mile-long power lines across the countryside.”

www.evesun.com/topics/news/NYRI/">NYRI is proposing to construct a high voltage power line with 115-foot-tall steel towers from Utica downstate to Orange County in an effort to delivery more energy to metropolitan New York. At one time, the line was designed to encroach protected areas of the Delaware. That route has been abandoned by the company. However, 44 miles of Chenango County are still threatened by the project.


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