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REDFIELD — Residents and attorneys argued on Friday that nine proposed local laws created to regulate wind farm development could have unintended consequences for the town’s livelihood.
Hopkinton Town Supervisor Sue Wood wants a new wind law in place prior to Avangrid Rewnewables filing its application with the state siting board. Wood said she was advised by a lawyer to pass a law “as soon as possible.”
The North Ridge Wind Project, and the regulations that the town will place on it, has been the subject of much debate over nearly two years. Currently the major issues that remain are whether the town will allow wind turbines to be placed south of State Route 72, as well as some issues of sound limits and setbacks.
Following some incorrect information, the Hopkinton Town Board learned that it does not have to revise its wind law before Avangrid Renewables files its application for a wind farm.
Years after wind projects went up in Sheldon and Orangeville, in Wyoming County, residents remain divided on the value and consequences of the developments.
The Yates Town Board has approved revisions to the town's wind energy facilities law that bans wind turbines from within 3 miles of the Lake Ontario shoreline and also requires bigger property setbacks of at least a half mile.
Fort Drum officials stated last month that the facility is already feeling the impact of existing industrial wind turbines, and if the proposed projects are approved, Fort Drum's mission readiness will be further diminished.
The Hopkinton town board needs to revise its wind law before Avangrid Renewables files its application for a wind farm or the existing less-restrictive wind law from 2011 would stand. ...The latest talks for the wind law called for setbacks of 2,500 feet from a property line of a non-participating landowner and sound decibels of 40 dBA.
Offshore wind promoters claim costs are declining. Maybe so. But according to the New York Independent System Operator, the average cost of wholesale electricity in the state last year was $36.56. Thus, Cuomo’s presidential ambitions will require New York consumers to pay roughly four times as much for offshore electricity as they currently pay for juice from conventional generators.
The Mad River Wind Farm is a proposed 350 MW wind power project [with] 88 utility-scale wind turbines. ...There’s concern the project could have a “devastating effect” on property values and the local economy, the town said, noting the facility would be in the middle of land used for outdoor recreation activities that drive the area’s $40 million per year tourism industry, interfering with snowmobile trails, hunting, fishing and hiking.
Following nearly two hours of often impassioned public comment, the Somerset Town Board on Monday approved a series of changes to the local zoning code aimed at banning the sort of large-scale wind energy system that Apex Clean Energy is proposing. The members' votes were unanimous.
The Somerset Town Board unanimously passed laws Monday that would make it almost impossible for Apex Clean Energy to construct its proposed wind-power project in the town. The Virginia company, however, said it will continue to seek review of its plans through the state siting process.
Wind project threatens health, environment, economy, and national security
PORTLAND — A five-wind-turbine proposal was presented to the Portland Town Board Monday afternoon with activists against the project voicing their concern. Those criticizing the project fear it will have similar impacts as the Arkwright wind project, however, this is the first-ever meeting between the wind turbine company and the town board and nothing was agreed upon.
PARISHVILLE — The firm hoping to build a wind tower farm in St. Lawrence County has pulled out of Parishville and will now only seek to build turbines in Hopkinton.
Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust told the state Public Service Commission that a major industrial wind energy facility proposed for the center of the Tug Hill region will harm the region’s forests, wildlife, water quality in the Salmon River, hunting and fishing opportunities, economy and the future of Fort Drum.
ALBANY — After a process that began in November of 2014, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) has approved the construction of 48 high-capacity, 500-foot tall wind turbines to be located in Cherry Creek, Charlotte, Stockton and Arkwright.
Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, has introduced legislation that would prohibit the state from granting subsidies to wind energy projects that could impact the military's training needs at Fort Drum. “'The legislation that was finalized on Friday comes after of months of research on an issue that is critically important to Fort Drum's long-term viability." the assemblywoman said.
ALBANY — If all goes as many have predicted, another wind farm project in Chautauqua County — this one from Cassadaga Wind LLC — will be approved by the end of the week. According to the application, Cassadaga Wind is seeking a major electric generating facility in the towns of Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Stockton and Arkwright.
Experts disagree about whether the introduction of wind turbines to an area has any impact on property values.