The town of Fenner has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York's Outstanding Government Leader Award. The town of Fenner was recognized during ACE NY's annual fall conference on Oct. 28 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany.
The wind farm in the town of Fenner is one of New York's first wind power projects, and is the site of the Fenner Renewable Energy Education Center. Accepting the award on behalf of the town of Fenner were Town Supervisor Russell Cary and Town Clerk Joanne Buyea.
"The residents of Fenner are very proud of the wind farm and we've always felt that supporting it was just common sense. As a community we've made it a priority to share our experiences and educate others about renewable energy, and we appreciate being recognized by ACE NY for these efforts," said Cary.
The Outstanding Government Leader Award is awarded as part of the ACE NY's Sustainable Energy Leadership Award, which recognize exemplary leadership and outstanding work done on behalf of clean energy and sustainability in New York State.
The town of Fenner serves as a model for how local governments can actively support renewable energy, said Carol E, Murphy, Executive Director of ACE NY.
"Members of the Fenner town board and the residents of Fenner have consistently supported the wind farms in the community and shared their enthusiasm for renewable energy with countless state, local and federal government officials, as well as students, tourists and citizens," she said.
Continuing, Murphy said, "From hosting fact-finding tours and workshops on renewable energy issues to supporting the formation of the FREE Center, Fenner has played an integral role in educating New Yorkers about wind power and other forms of renewable energy. Most importantly, members of Fenner Town Board and Supervisor Russell Cary have actively shared their expertise and experience in a way that has contributed positively to the public's perception and knowledge about wind power and the benefits of renewable energy.