Residents United to Save our Hometown (R.U.S.H.) is a community group located in Rush, New York that is concerned about the future of our region and its rural character. We actively support renewable energy in our town. We are opposed to industrial-scale solar energy production on prime agricultural land that Invenergy, an out-of-town corporation, seeks to develop at the expense of town character, laws and cultural resources. !
Residents United to Save our Hometown encourages you to submit public comments in the New York State Department of Public Services (NYSDPS) Matter Master: 18-02413/18-F-0633
Residents United to Save our Hometown encourages you to contact your NYS legislators in support of our efforts and with your related concerns.
Email addresses for the related NYS legislative committees and a sample message is provided for your convenience.
Residents United to Save our Hometown (R.U.S.H.) is a community group located in Rush, New York that is concerned about the future of our region and its rural character. We actively support renewable energy in our town. We are opposed to industrial-scale solar energy production on prime agricultural land that Invenergy, an out-of-town corporation, seeks to develop at the expense of town character, laws and cultural resources.
What is the problem?
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Invenergy has proposed to develop the massive Horseshoe Solar Energy facility (HSS) on over 3,800 acres of prime farmland in the towns of Caledonia and Rush. It plans to use 600,000 solar panels and generate 180 megawatts of power.
What are we doing about it?
Over 160 area residents have joined Residents United to Save our Hometown; our membership also includes Indigenous individuals from the Canawaugus and Cattaraugus Reservations. Members provide time, expertise and financial support to help identify andpublicize problems to fight this effort to destroy the character of our hometown.
The NYS Department of Public Service (NYSDPS) initially awarded R.U.S.H. $21,000 to help with legal expenses and subject matter experts. Similar amounts went to the Towns of Rush and Caledonia. In a second round of support funding from NYSDPS, R.U.S.H. combined its efforts with the Town of Rush; we were jointly awarded an additional $100,000.
Our seven-member Steering Committee oversees the work of R.U.S.H. Subcommittees, Communications, Legal issues, Meetings, Membership, and Financial contributions. We have strengthened the Town’s local solar law, actively participate in submissions to the official HSS website to respond to faulty or biased studies offered by Invenergy and partnered with the Seneca, our Town’s first residents.
How can you help?
We need your expertise and help to identify overlooked areas of concern in the Invenergy Horseshoe Solar Application. We need to create valid alternative arguments that support the concerns and position of our members. There’s always more to be done.
While we have made a good start, it is not enough – We need your
support and help!
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER
Residents United to Save our Hometown encourages you to submit public comments in the New York State Department of Public Services (NYSDPS) Matter Master: 18-02413/18-F-0633 Formally submitting your individual comments has two advantages:
Once you post your comment, it will appear on the “Public Comments” page in the proceeding.
Click this link to submit your comments: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?Mattercaseno=18-F-0633
Residents United to Save our Hometown
Dear Residents United member,
Below are instructions for emailing our NYS legislators asking for their support to develop and implement sensible siting strategies for large-scale solar energy generation installation facilities in our state. Please join us in making our voices heard. Instructions for sending these messages are included below.
Thank you for your continued support,
Resident United to Save our Hometown
Step 1: Here are the email addresses for the members of our legislative committees. Please copy the links and paste them into the “TO:” box in a new email message. You can do one massive mailing or one for each of the six Committees
NYS Assembly Agriculture Committee
LupardoD@nyassembly.gov; BarnwellB@nyassembly.gov; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; DilanE@nyassembly.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; FitzpatrickM@nyassembly.gov; email@example.com; GuntheA@nyassembly.gov; HawleyS@nyassembly.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; RiveraJ@nyassembly.gov; RosentL@nyassembly.gov; SantabarbaraA@nyassembly.gov; email@example.com; StirpeA@nyassembly.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
NYS Assembly Energy Committee
CusickM@nysassembly.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; SantabarbaraA@nyassembly.gov; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; HunterP@nyassembly.gov; DilanE@nyassembly.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; CarrollR@nyassembly.gov; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
NYS Assembly Ways & Means Committee
WeinsteinH@nysassembly.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; AubryJ@nyassembly.gov; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; ByrneK@nyassembly.gov; CahillK@nyassembly.gov; ColtonW@nyassembly.gov; CookV@nyassembly.gov; CusickM@nyassembly.gov; DilanE@nyassembly.gov; DinowiJ@nyassembly.gov; FitzpatrickM@nyassembly.gov; GlickD@nyassembly.gov; HawleyS@nyassembly.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; MagnarW@nyassembly.gov; McDonaldJ@nyassembly.gov; MontesanoM@nyassembly.gov; NolanC@nyassembly.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; PerryN@nyassembly.gov; PretloJ@nyassembly.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Rrodriguez@nyassembly.gov; RozicN@nyassembly.gov; SeawrightR@nyassembly.gov; WeprinD@nyassembly.gov; ZebrowskiK@nyassembly.gov
NYS Senate Agriculture Committee
NYS Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee
NYS Senate Finance Committee
krugerL@nysenate.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Savino@nysenate.gov; Serino@nysenate.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Step 2: Here is suggested wording for an email message to the legislators. Please copy and paste this, or your own version of this message, in the Body portion of your email message.
Dear NYS Legislator,
While the Governor has put up billions of dollars to develop renewable energy in the State, he has not put into place a sane strategy for siting these facilities. As a result, solar developers, committed to maximizing profits, are naturally driven to the simplest solution, i.e., to use cleared farmland as their first choice in siting a facility. There are no guidelines, incentives or disincentives to guide developers toward brownfields, former landfills, and otherwise industrially zoned and/or non-productive properties.
The entire siting process needs to be revised to require prioritization, especially for industrial-scale and tier 3 solar installations, to first consider brownfields, former landfills, manufacturing plant rooftops, and otherwise industrially zoned and nonproductive property for these installations BEFORE turning to cleared farmland. This needs to become part of the strategy for siting such facilities.
NYS has other initiatives to preserve farmland, yet is in conflict with those initiatives when industrial-scale and tier 3 solar projects are allowed to target agricultural land for these projects, ostensibly because it is easier to develop.
In the Governor’s recent annual budget addresses, he proposed a complete overhaul to NY’s siting of renewable energy projects that would put siting responsibility in the hands of the State, rather than profit-seeking developers. Unfortunately, the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), also referred to as 94-c, speeds up the siting process at the expense of citizen input and the structured environmental review called SEQRA. Additionally, NYSERDA has been given the authority to codify any agreed-to PILOT agreements, removing the last vestige of home rule power and responsibility from our towns. This is clearly unacceptable.
Please help us inform legislators on responsible committees in the Senate and Assembly that ORES/94-c is unacceptable. A longer-term view is necessary. Let’s not sacrifice our farmland and home rule power and responsibilities.
Step 3: Add a subject line, we suggest “Request for your help” or “A sane approach to siting large-scale solar facilities” or whatever you think is best.
Step 4: Add your name and address at the bottom.
Step 5. Hit “SEND”