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If approved, the 10-page local law will require wind turbines to be less than 165 feet tall and limit their placement to agricultural, agricultural-residential and industrial land zones.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the state to get half of its energy from renewable sources in the next 15 years. That has wind developers eyeing the farm land along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. One energy company has revived an interest in constructing a wind farm in Jefferson County that would extend across the towns of Clayton, Orleans, Brownville and Lyme.
The Orleans County Planning Board is supporting the Town of Yates in revising a nearly decade-old local law on wind energy facilities. The previous town ordinance from 2008 caps the height of turbines at 420 feet. Apex Clean Energy wants to build up to 71 turbines in Yates and Somerset that would be between 490 to 620 feet in height to the top of the turbine blade.
“Such PPAs unnecessarily transfer the risk that certain resources may not be economically viable from private investors and developers to those that are unable to manage and mitigate such risk — consumers,” NYISO officials wrote. “Significantly, the [Department of Public Service] Staff White Paper does not address the reliability concerns that arise when resources are insulated from the financial consequences of their operation.”
Barre Supervisor Mark L. Chamberlain said he had no inkling of the project until receiving a letter from Apex early this week. Apex issued a news release late Wednesday. “They told us nothing. The extent of the letter was, they would like to meet with us to discuss it,” Chamberlain said.
Board members agreed that the town could end up seeking an extension after the six months anyway. “We’ve found that six months is usually not enough to accomplish those goals,” Mr. Prosser said.
It’s time for Apex to acknowledge its mistake: It chose an area that is too populated, an area rich in wildlife, natural scenic beauty and tourism; a place too close to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station; and a place in the middle of one of the largest migratory bird flyways in North America. It is time they listened to five different surveys, two town elections and the resolutions passed by three counties and two town boards. ...It is time to leave.
The law prohibits wind power development in the waterfront revitalization area near the lakeshore and requires developers to reimburse property owners who sell their homes because of the wind project if they can’t obtain a sale price equal to the value set by an appraiser. The moratorium bans all wind projects for six months.
NYISO, the entity that manages New York's electric grid system provided important feedback on the Cuomo administration’s primary method of achieving its goal of doubling New York’s renewable energy. An excerpt of the comments is provided below where the NYISO challenges the intent to award long-term power purchase contracts to project owners at the expense of consumers. Under the plan presented by Cuomo, the NYISO the development of: (i) approximately 25,000 megawatts of solar capacity to meet the targets solely with solar resources; or (ii) approximately 15,000 megawatts of wind capacity to meet the targets solely with wind resources. The full paper can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
The Town Board wants to regulate noncommercial wind turbines. ...“This will not apply to commercial wind energy systems. They are not permitted in the town under our current zoning,” Town Attorney Michael J. Norris said.
Both Iberdrola representatives and town residents spoke during a public comment session during Wednesday evening’s meeting at the Clayton Opera House, Riverside Drive. ...Multiple residents at the meeting said the moratorium would help the town assess its options, and expressed concerns about the project’s potential impact to the environment, quality of life and property values.
a six-month moratorium on activity relating to furthering industrial wind, including erecting test towers, was adopted by the Orleans Town Board during its Apr. 14 meeting. Prior to the vote, a hearing took place to give members of the public an opportunity to air their views.
The Town Board voted Monday to hold a public hearing on a proposed six-month moratorium on the installation of ground-placed solar panels in the town. ...“Basically, we have no law. We have nothing on the books,” Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said. “We think that’s not really appropriate.”
The Franklin County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors on Monday took the next step toward making the Jericho Rise wind farm project a reality.
HENDERSON HARBOR — Apex Clean Energy contends flawed methodology was used by a study that predicts impact of the proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm on property values in the town of Henderson.
Town of Orleans residents met Thursday to discuss the future of wind power in the town. That's because of a request from Iberdrola Renewables to build a controversial wind farm along the St. Lawrence River.
The Clayton Joint Planning Board tabled a decision on whether to grant a permit for two meteorlogical test towers at its Apr. 7 meeting. An application for a third tower was also considered.
"Thanks for the assistance." Yes, that's the message Taylor Quarles, Apex Clean Energy's project manager, sent to the Millwright's Local 1163 the day after Somerset had its public hearing on its new wind law. Quarles was thanking the union for sending 40 to 50 union men to occupy seats, so many seats that Somerset Town Supervisor Dan Engert had to ask everyone in attendance at our small town hall to get back into their cars and drive over to the Barker school cafeteria, to reconvene the meeting, so that everyone could have a seat. These guys marched into our meeting with new hats from Apex -- embroidered with orange wind turbines -- and "Fear Not the Wind" stickers on their jackets. Quarles' letter of thanks of Feb. 2, the day after the hearing, to Brian Scruton, Millwrights Council Rep, stated that he was "personally grateful" for "our strongest showing ever for a public event." Quarles added "those who are opposed to progress in this area" (that's apparently anyone who opposes Apex's 620-foot industrial wind turbines here) "will stop at nothing in their attempt to keep renewable energy projects from coming to upstate New York. You heard the mis-information and the attacks on working people and the farmers of our area. Your ongoing support will be important as we move forward." Wait. People who oppose this project will "stop at nothing?" Now there's an accusation. We are not The Mob. We're just residents who don't want our raptors chopped, our lands blighted, and our residents' health possibly affected by hulking towers amid our homes. Yes, our voices are strong, but hey, when you work hard for what you have, and suddenly some Virginia company comes around and tells you what's going to go down in your neighborhood, you will speak out strongly. Quarles' letter also implies that if Somerset residents don't want wind turbines here that we are attacking "working people and farmers." We also work. We also appreciate the hard work of those who farm in Somerset. Now the Town of Yates has scheduled its own public hearing April 21 on its own newly revised wind law. Two surveys in that town revealed that Yates residents are also strongly opposed to Apex. The letter mentions"continued ongoing support". Is this a hint that Yates will see these and more union guys at this next hearing? Anyway, the Yates Town Supervisor is prepared, since he has scheduled the public hearing at the Lyndonville school auditorium. This way there will be enough seats, both for residents of Somerset and Yates, and for any out-of-town Apex "guests". Apex is trying hard to create the illusion of public opinion beginning to turn in their favor. There is good news in all of this: On March 28, former NYS Attorney General Dennis Vacco, presently the attorney for the Town of Somerset, has requested Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to begin a formal investigation of Apex Clean Energy for their deceptive business practices. There are more Apex hijinx. Anyone who wants interesting reading can view more of the accusations as well as the Exhibits -- like Quarles' letter -- on the NYS Public Service Commission's website, Case 14-F-0485. It remains to be seen whether Apex will clean up its act and follow NY State's Code of Ethics for wind companies, or continue business as usual, just skipping the telltale thank you notes. -- Christine Bronson is a Barker resident
In response to the proposed Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield introducing plans that include one wind turbine site in Newfield, the Newfield Town Council will vote at its next meeting on whether or not to place a 90-day moratorium on wind energy development in the town.
The board had been wrestling with what to do about Black Oak Wind Farm's proposing a windmill site in Newfield, and it’s likely that the board will vote to instate a 90-day moratorium on any wind energy development in the town so that local laws can be reviewed.