Millions of dollars spent on windmills, lost in the wind. All at NY toll payer expense

Millions of dollars spent on windmills, lost in the wind. All at NY toll payer expense


by Greg FloydThursday, May 5th 2022

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A judge has rejected a lawsuit from the NYS Thruway Authority seeking reimbursement after four wind turbines installed along the Thruway in the Buffalo area failed to work.(Pictured: Dunkirk Windmill WUTV)

A judge has rejected a lawsuit from the NYS Thruway Authority seeking reimbursement after four wind turbines installed along the Thruway in the Buffalo area failed to work.(Pictured: Eden Angola Windmill WUTV)

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A judge has rejected a lawsuit from the NYS Thruway Authority seeking reimbursement after four wind turbines installed along the Thruway in the Buffalo area failed to work.(Pictured: Silver Creek Windmill WUTV)

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ALBANY, NY (WRGB) — Eight million dollars that came from NYS that just vanished into thin air — almost literally — and you paid for it.

A judge has rejected a lawsuit from the NYS Thruway Authority seeking reimbursement after four wind turbines installed along the Thruway in the Buffalo area failed to work.

They were supposed to power Thruway facilities, but they just plain didn’t work. The Thruway Authority blames the manufacturer, engineer and installer. The problem seems to be strong winds coming off Lake Erie — obviously windmills need wind, but this was too much wind. The manufacturer says it warned the Thruway it had to do wind tests, but says the Thruway installed them without doing due diligence. The judge basically agreed.

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A judge has rejected a lawsuit from the NYS Thruway Authority seeking reimbursement after four wind turbines installed along the Thruway in the Buffalo area failed to work.(Pictured: Eden Angola Windmill WUTV)

As for the court ruling, the Thruway Authority tells us it’s “disappointed in the judge’s decision”, and believes it’s owed “more than $8.1 million for the cost of the failed turbines and to recover damages for negligence, professional malpractice and breach of contract.”

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