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SOS turns up volume on its wind farm protest

Save Ontario Shores, the grassroots organization fighting the possible siting of an industrial-scale wind farm near the Lake Ontario shoreline in the Barker-Lyndonville area, has paid for two billboards near Niagara Falls Boulevard and Walmore Road to support its cause.
24 Jun 2017

Four towns in two counties eyed for up to 130 wind turbines

A Chicago-based energy company is eyeing four northern Cattaraugus and Allegany County towns for up to 130 wind turbines. ...Company representatives have visited the four town boards over the past few months and are reportedly signing up landowners to locate wind turbines on ridgelines. The company website says 16,000 acres in the four counties are under lease.
17 Jun 2017

Mixed views over sound level and turbine setbacks at wind law hearing in Parishville; second hearing planned June 21

The plans still calls for setbacks of wind towers to be five times the height of the wind tower from the property line of a non-participating landowner. ...The local law for sound decibels to be at .45 or below from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and .35 decibels from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. from a participating landowners residence.
15 Jun 2017

Chateaugay to review Jericho Rise host community agreement in dispute over outside noise testing of wind towers

The Town Board had planned to allow a third-party firm to test the noise levels generated by the towers of the Jericho Rise Wind Farm in the area where a number of complaints have been raised. Town Supervisor Don Bilow said that the Jericho Rise’s parent company, EDP Renewables, has “stonewalled” attempts for an outside test.
24 May 2017

Tale of two grids: Upstate wind power needs more extension cords to NYC

Simply put, most wind and hydroelectric power is produced in Northern and Western New York, where the supply of electricity exceeds demand. But two-thirds of all the state's power is used in the New York City-Long Island region. Transmission lines between the two areas are already overburdened, and are not equipped to handle the anticipated growth in Upstate renewables, the report says.
19 May 2017

A Horror Story: wind power in rural New York

Mary Kay Barton has been writing and speaking about the wind industry since 2004. Albert Vliestra was passively in favor of wind turbines coming to Warsaw County, then he became ill -- with protracted ailments -- after the turbines were installed in the area. Following a long fight against the turbines, Cathi Orr lost. She sold her 100 acre farm at a substantial loss, and fled. Albert Vliestra, too, sold his dream home at a major loss. The living room where this interview takes place is that of Linda and Paul Makson. The Makson home is surrounded by 16 giant wind turbines that creak, groan, whistle and whoosh all the time, but the infrasound is worse. And worse yet, New York taxpayers are paying for it, as per Governor Cuomo's "green energy" program.
9 May 2017

Deepwater Confronted; Fishermen ask trustees to fight offshore wind farm

“You don’t destroy the environment in order to save the environment. Pile driving the ocean floor destroys fish with swim bladders” and traumatizes other fish, she said. Jet-plowing the ocean floor kills larvae and creates sedimentation that would cover and kill more. “Then you juice it with low-level electromagnetic frequency, which apparently heats up the ocean floor pretty well,” both repelling fish and attracting sharks, she said. “It’s one thing to talk about climate change in a vacuum, but turn around,” she said, gesturing toward the audience. “Their lives depend on what’s out there.”
27 Apr 2017

County planning approves Clayton zoning amendment

he Jefferson County Planning Board approved a proposed zoning amendment from the Clayton Town Council that would prevent commercial wind development within town boundaries. Amendment 40, which would regulate the application process, height and setbacks for structures taller than 35 feet including wind turbines, telecommunication towers, silos, church steeples and amusement park rides was approved with additional comments in a 7-1 vote. 
27 Apr 2017

Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board won’t expand areas where generators can be built

A request by wind farm developer Avangrid Renewables to expand the wind overlay zone was not agreed upon by the board, according to Jody Wentzel, vice chairman of the Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board. The board is also considering setting 24-hour decibel limits for the wind towers, different than what the Town of Parishville is considering. Parishville has opted for two 12-hour periods ranging from .25 to .45 decibels.
16 Apr 2017

Governor establishes wind turbine setback

According to the transcript published in the Legislative Gazette, in his Jan. 10 State of the State address at Farmingdale State College, Mr. Cuomo stated the following: “I’m calling on LIPA [Long Island Power Authority] to approve a 90 megawatt wind farm. It’s enough to support 50,000 homes. They will not be visible from the beach. They will be 30 miles southeast of Montauk. Not even Superman standing on Montauk Point could see these wind farms.”
13 Apr 2017

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