Local elections influence two towns' wind futures
Bertram defeated challenger Michele McQueer, who has filed a challenge against the law governing wind energy development in the town. That lawsuit is still in progress. Bertram says he took his victory as a sign that most town residents support the new wind law.
For now, Bertram says Iberdrola Renewables has withdrawn its application with the state electrical power authority for a wind farm in the town.
January 11, 2012
by Joanne Richards
in NCPR News
The election was very pivotal, and in our opinion, very definitive.
The prospect of wind energy development has divided north country communities from Cape Vincent to Clinton County. New York's new Article X law gives developers the option to seek state review of where to put their wind farms. But prior to Article X, accepting and siting the big turbines was up to each town. And companies can still choose local rather than state review.
More than once, the conflict over wind has spilled over into local politics. That has been the case in both Cape Vincent, on Lake Ontario, and... [continue via Web link]