Articles from New York
About 500 opponents of the proposed Lighthouse Wind turbine project rallied in the pouring rain Thursday at the Boat Launch Pavilion of Golden State Park, calling on the company to abandon its “ill-conceived project.”
Atlantic Wind LLC and their legal representatives from Young/Sommer LLC revised numerous sections of their public involvement plan to clarify their area study, area boundaries and public involvement, but while all of the concerns expressed by the state Department of Public Service were noted, not all of them were addressed in the revisions for the Horse Creek Wind Farm.
Town officials were enthusiastic about the proposed construction of 29 wind turbines in their community when officials from EDP Renewables revived the long-dormant Jericho Rise wind farm project. But the reality of the construction is causing some to rethink their initial enthusiasm.
ARKWRIGHT - The town of Arkwright is slowly but surely propelling forward in seeing a wind farm erected by the end of next year.
According to PSEG, a new high-voltage transmission line in the Glenwood Landing area would cost ratepayers around $30 million a year. Green-energy plans proposed as part of the bidding request would have cost $22 million to $42 million more each year. In Far Rockaway, the cost differences are even greater.
Rather than serving its mandatory role as a regulatory agency weighing the pros and cons of proposed wind projects in the north country, the state Department of Conservation collaborated with developers in promoting their value.
Major conflicts of interest plague the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s review of the proposed Galloo Island wind project, and the department should be banned from participating further in Article 10 review, a former DEC employee has told the state.
Despite overwhelming public rejection, Apex pushes on with Project Lighthouse Wind, under the authority of the recently passed Article X of the state Public Service law. This law stripped local governments of the ability to decide the fate of this project and placed that authority in the hands of a siting board dominated by Albany politicians. Big business and big government are therefore in control of our community and our destiny.
We do not want our area to become an industrial wasteland. We do not want our health compromised. We do not want our eagles, bats and migratory birds slaughtered. We do not want our dark skies cluttered with flashing lights. We do not want to be subjected to the torture of shadow flicker, infrasound and incessant wind turbine noise. We do not want our rights as landowners removed by Article X.
HENDERSON — Many Henderson residents expressed overwhelming disapproval of the Galloo Island wind project as they voiced their concerns during an informational meeting Friday evening at the Henderson Community Center.
While nuclear power is left to sink or swim in New England's competitive power market, New York last week approved a clean energy standard that calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030 and financial subsidies to keep three Upstate nuclear power plants in business.
Despite overwhelming opposition to the Lighthouse Wind project, Big Wind LLC, also known as Apex Clean Energy LLC, remains intent on assaulting Somerset and Yates citizens. Apex's unscrupulous history of spreading misinformation is most troubling. Even worse is the apparent collusion between Apex and New York State’s bureaucracies.
"They say their windmills will be 500 feet high, but they may be more like 600 feet or more. That's five times higher than St. Mary's steeple," Grindstone Islander Chuck Ebbing stated. "I told our grandchildren that if we are not careful all they will see when they look at Clayton is a field of blinking lights," he told the board and audience at Dodge Hall, where the meeting was held.
New York just passed one of the nation’s strongest renewable energy policies, but the plan for building out the transmission lines it will need to implement those policies is more uncertain. On Monday, the state Public Service Commission passed the Clean Energy Standard, which mandates that renewables power half of New York’s power grid by 2030, and provides more than $1 billion in subsidies for financially challenged nuclear facilities that would otherwise close.
None was hurt when a ship carrying wind components hit the concrete wall at the Port of Ogdensburg Tuesday morning.
New York state energy regulators on Monday approved a plan to pay several upstate nuclear power plants up to $965 million over two years to keep the reactors in service and meet the state's carbon reduction goals.
Denmark town officials are continuing their lengthy review of a five-year-old, 80-megawatt wind farm project here, one of few remaining that predate a state-led permitting process.
But local residents see the prospect of turbines differently, and that has broken long friendships and created deep rifts in the two towns where they would rise. “We’re in the fight of our lives here,” said John Riggi of Yates, who fears the character of his Orleans County town would be ruined if a state siting board approves the Lighthouse Wind project.
Two East End town officials who have expressed support for a wind farm 30 miles from the coast of Montauk to power the South Fork say a separate potential wind farm 12 miles off the coast of the South Fork would meet resistance if the state pursues it.
After reviewing Atlantic Wind LLC’s Public Involvement Program Plan for the Horse Creek Wind Farm project, state Department of Public Service staff members recommend that the developer expand its area of study, incorporate more community outreach and clearly establish its project area, stakeholders and turbine height for its final plan.