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The Tug Hill Commission and the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust have both released issue papers detailing how wind farms, for better or worse, impact surrounding areas.
Town Supervisor Susan Wood says she can’t be bought and questions tactics used by wind developer Avangrid in its attempt to build a 27-turbine wind farm in her town.
The wind company proposing a 27-tower wind farm in Hopkinton no longer has an office in Parishville. Avangrid has removed their sign outside the Silver Cafe which they had been renting for their office for the past several months.
The changes, adopted during a work session on the wind turbine law, involved increasing the distance from tower to a residence and decreasing the decibels allowed.
Zach Cohen, who came within a handful of votes of becoming East Hampton Town supervisor, is urging town officials to reject Deepwater Wind’s plan to build 15 wind turbines off the coast of Montauk.
Industrial wind is simply an assault on all New York state taxpayers, ratepayers and our environment for what is a massive consumer fraud. It’s long past time that these Big Wind bullies hit the road.
“If the town in the very near term can examine those changes to the zoning ordinance, we may consider re-engaging with Hopkinton, but the pre-emptive rejection means we will focus on other New York projects in areas with clearer paths to pursue renewable development,” Mr. Copleman wrote.
Ethical issues and conflicts of interest over not allowing a town council member to vote resulted in a tie in an attempt to appoint Wind Advisory Board members.
“I can't even imagine what Avangrid is thinking - considering that the majority of people are against 500 foot towers. Lawyers from the wind farm company last month requested that Hopkinton town officials allow the turbine tip height to increase from 500 feet to 600 feet.
HOPKINTON -- The town supervisor called out Two Hopkinton Town Council members for meeting with wind company officials while she was vacationing in Florida.
The Arkwright Summit Wind Farm is currently constructing wind towers in the town of Arkwright and can build up to 36 turbines. On Tuesday, the state ruled in favor of another wind farm company to build up to 48 turbines in the towns of Arkwright, Charlotte and Cherry Creek.
The first proposal, to reduce allowable decibel levels from a flat rate of 50 DBA at all times, to 45 during day (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and 42 during the night hours (9 p.m. to 7 a.m.), was approved in a 4-1-1 vote ...Regulations for low frequency noise were also lowered.
Governor asks feds for six-month extension to assess impact of offshore wind farms on state’s main fishing grounds wind. ...The request, if granted, could slow recent steps taken by both states to expedite building offshore wind farms in waters near New York and New Jersey.
“We know the moment [the federal government] gets a taste of wind farms in the Atlantic, we are going to be playing whack-a-mole with energy and oil companies creeping up on our fishing grounds,” Bonnie Brady said at a presentation by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, or NYSERDA, on Monday night at the Southampton Inn.
FARMERSVILLE — A proposal to site more than 100 wind turbines, each 600 feet tall, in four towns in northern Cattaraugus and Allegany counties has stirred up residents and environmental groups as a public hearing looms.
“At this point, we are not fighting about the value of the Alle-Catt project in producing ‘green energy,’ nor are we engaging in endless debate on the overall worth of the project. [O]ur most pressing concern is that the guidelines and laws for the development and installation of this project should be the most up-to-date and safest for our land, our environment and our citizens.”
The wind company planning to build a 27-turbine wind farm says the approval by the town board of its wind law has effectively banned the project from the town with zoning ordinances.
It took less than two minutes for the town of Hopkinton to pass the Wind Energy Facilities law Thursday night, a measure that had gone down in a split vote less than two weeks ago.
A new report has expressed concerns about the impact of wind turbines on the weather radar in Montague, which is maintained by personnel at Fort Drum. ...Capt. Patrick Phillippi, of the Air Force’s 18th Weather Squadron, Detachment 1, said last July that relocating the weather radar was not feasible, given the cost and difficulty of moving the fragile system, and that there would be no system to fill in during the transition period.