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Cornell will end current wind study but continue support of wind energy

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ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University will end its current study of the feasibility of wind-energy generation on university-owned property on Mount Pleasant in Dryden.

When the university decided to investigate the possibility of producing wind-generated electricity, it noted that its feasibility study would consider several factors, including economic viability, environmental impacts and community input.

The university retains its belief that the use of wind energy could complement the other conservation and sustainability efforts the campus already utilizes (see the Cornell Sustainable Campus Web site: http://www.sustainablecampus.cornell.edu ). Cornell will continue to work with those in the region who support wind energy, including the university's Kyoto Task Team that first proposed a wind study, and encourage public discussion on the issue.

The university also will complete a bird and bat study of the Mount Pleasant site, led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in hopes of advancing avian analysis of wind sites and new technologies using bioacoustics instead of radar.