Offshore wind farm firm appeals court decision.364752012-11-06T14:16:39Z2012-11-06T14:16:39ZA company suing the province over the moratorium placed on offshore wind projects is appealing a judgeâ€™s decision to have that lawsuit dismissed.
Trillium Wind Power Corp. is hoping to build a 120-turbine, 600-megawatt wind project 28 kilometres south of Prince Edward County, just south of the Duck Islands.Senators try to prevent Quebec transmission line.349692012-05-15T13:20:24Z2012-05-15T13:20:24ZThe senators - led by state Sen. George Maziarz, a Western New York Republican, and joined by state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton - say upstate jobs are at stake if a $2 billion transmission line proposal is approved because it would squeeze out energy producers in the state, like nuclear power plants, facilities that burn wood to create electricity and wind turbine farms. Underwater electricity transmission system receives another approval .314442011-03-21T22:51:34Z2011-03-21T22:51:34ZThe power is to be supplied by hydro and wind generators in Canada.
The project held a public hearing before an administrative law judge in Plattsburgh in November. That judge is expected to make a recommendation to the Public Service Commission later this year.
International group calls for three-year wind farm moratorium .287382010-08-13T12:29:43Z2010-08-13T12:29:43ZAlarming bird and bat mortality rates at the Wolfe Island wind farm have an international group calling for a three-year moratorium on wind energy projects on the Upper St. Lawrence River and east end of Lake Ontario.
Save The River vice-president Stephanie Weiss said the 86-windmill farm has caused the death of 688 birds and bats, equalling eight per windmill.
Environmental group calls for wind farm moratorium.286372010-08-06T13:39:58Z2010-08-06T13:39:58ZAn environmental group is calling for a 3-year moratorium on wind farm development along the upper St. Lawrence River, citing potential threats to the region's bird and bat populations.Release: Save The River Calls for a Halt on Wind Energy Development Due to Environmental Concerns.286262010-08-04T03:45:18Z2010-08-04T03:45:18ZSave The River is urging local municipalities bordering the Upper St. Lawrence River in the U.S. and Canada to implement a three year moratorium on wind project development. The move was taken after careful review of recent data showing potentially high avian and bat mortality from the first six months of operation of the Wolfe Island Wind project, the only operating wind project in the region.Wolfe Island bird kills raise wind power concerns.281362010-07-07T11:20:54Z2010-07-07T11:20:54ZA recent study of bird and bat mortality at Wolfe Island's 82-turbine wind farm is raising concerns among environmentalists. An interview with Ornithologist Bill Evans explains the concerns.A 'mega-region' wind deal .274382010-05-21T18:38:31Z2010-05-21T18:38:31ZBuffalo Niagara Enterprise president Tom Kucharski said the three agencies recognized the potential for jointly marketing "compelling regional assets" like a diverse transportation network, binational location and strong Great Lakes wind pattern several months ago.
The result is a new bi-national wind partnership dubbed CanAm Wind Energy.
Project to cost $1.5B .269962010-04-28T11:21:25Z2010-04-28T11:21:25ZThe ex-Kingstonians planning to erect 60 to 90 wind turbines west of Wolfe Island in the waters of Lake Ontario have pegged the price of the project at $1.5 billion. ...If approvals from various provincial and federal departments go according to schedule, the company will order the turbines two years from now and install the foundations a year later. Splitting greens; Setting up a permitting process for wind turbines is no small task.265992010-04-07T04:09:31Z2010-04-07T04:09:31ZProponents of wind turbines tout their ability to cleanly generate power, transmit it to the grid and do so without the pollution of coal plants and potential dangers of nuclear sites.
But opponents of the giant propellers worry about the noise they create along with threats to birds, disruption to lakebeds in construction, and the possible difficulties in actually getting the power to transmission lines.
Talks under way for huge power project.224542009-08-01T22:57:16Z2009-08-01T22:57:16ZNew York Power Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Kessel met recently with the Press-Republican Editorial Board to outline his agency's plan to "do the biggest energy project in the state since the St. Lawrence/Robert Moses power project 50 year ago." The authority would import up to 2,000 megawatts of power from multiple sources, including hydropower from Canada and renewable resources both here and in Canada.
Ontario eyeing setbacks; Province's proposal based on distance, noise from turbines.215432009-06-13T13:33:27Z2009-06-13T13:33:27ZUnder the proposed regulations, noise levels also would need to fall to 40 decibels at receptors, such as dwellings or businesses.
The ministry said a turbine with a sound power level of 106 decibels would have to meet a setback of 950 meters, or about 3,100 feet, from the nearest house or business.
Wind farm developer drops oil-spill appeal .197322009-01-30T19:40:27Z2009-01-30T19:40:27ZThe company building the wind plant on Wolfe Island has withdrawn an appeal it had launched to avoid being held responsible for a diesel spill that occurred last fall.
Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. had appealed to the Environmental Review Tribunal, an independent provincial agency, after failing to comply with a director's order the Ministry of the Environment issued as a result of the spill. The firm launched the appeal in an effort to have its name removed from the order.
Cleanup of oil spill is finished.182452008-10-04T03:46:48Z2008-10-04T03:46:48ZThe oil cleanup at Dawson Point near Marysville was finished Friday afternoon, but residents in the area are still not allowed to drink from their wells. ...About 396 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled Wednesday morning during fueling of the Sea Hound, a tugboat operated by Nadro Marine Services Ltd., a contractor based in Port Drove, Ontario. ...The tugboats are used to push barges loaded with supplies and parts from Ogdensburg for Canadian Hydro Developers Inc.'s 86-turbine Wolfe Island Wind Project. So far, 28 wind turbines have arrived.Oil spill sullies Wolfe Island; Residents advised not to drink water.182532008-10-03T14:30:22Z2008-10-03T14:30:22ZAccording to Canadian Renewable Energy Corp., three to four barrels of diesel fuel were spilled around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The fuel was being transferred between tanks on Sea Hound, a vessel operated by Nadro Marine Services Ltd., a contractor based in Port Drove, Ontario. Nadro Marine has been transporting wind turbines from Ogdensburg for the 86-turbine Wolfe Island Wind Project. ...Mark O. Mattson, president of the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, an environmental advocacy group based in Toronto, finds the incident ironic.
"It's a bit of a shock. The whole purpose of the wind power project was to help the environment," he said. Wind project ship spills fuel near Wolfe Island.182262008-10-02T05:16:06Z2008-10-02T05:16:06ZAbout 10 households on an island near Kingston, Ont., have been told to drink only bottled water after a tugboat spilled about 1,500 litres of fuel near shore.
The diesel fuel spilled into Lake Ontario near Wolfe Island around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from a boat carrying equipment for a controversial wind turbine project.
Some residents have fought hard against the project, saying they are concerned about the environmental effects of installing 86 turbines on such a small island.
Push for clean energy may capture the Lake Erie winds.167952008-07-12T20:41:06Z2008-07-12T20:41:06ZAt least two companies are interested in offshore wind development in New York's Great Lakes waters - BQ Energy, which developed Lackawanna's Steel Winds, and AWS Truewind.
"I don't think it's inevitable, but I think it's very likely," said Bruce Bailey, AWS Truewind's president.
There are significant obstacles and unknowns. ...Installing wind turbines in water can be at least twice as expensive because of the cost of mobilizing marine crews, the specialized nature of the installation equipment and the turbines and the need to move the power onshore, experts say.
And that doesn't factor in what would be necessary to deal with the ice that often covers the eastern end of Lake Erie in winter.