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Albany Law School will host a one-day conference examining the legal issues involved with siting wind turbines on June 16.
Within weeks, Verdant Power plans to submerge experimental turbines in the East River off the coast of Roosevelt Island, a slice of land squeezed between Manhattan and Queens. Resembling and working much like stout underwater windmills, the six 15-foot-tall turbines will draw energy from tidal currents to power a nearby supermarket and parking garage.
BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown Town Council is interested in forming a committee of community residents for discussion and input into changes that could be made to the zoning law in regard to wind farms.
In a meeting broadcast at JCC on Thursday, Gay Canough, president of ETM Solar Works, said Chautauqua County could sell electricity to its neighbors after a relatively cheap investment of $20,000 in solar panels and wind turbines.
HERKIMER - A pair of proponents and one opponent of proposed windmill projects in the county spoke before members of the county legislature Wednesday night, while one legislator offered an update on where things stood with ongoing Payment in Lieu of Taxes negotiations.
The solution and sensible choice is to encourage and deal with a local venture that would be owned, developed and managed among Western New York investors and residents.
Reunion Power, a firm preparing to build up to two dozen wind turbines on East Hill in Cherry Valley, will launch balloons within the next few weeks to help people visualize how the turbines would appear.
After an "Article 78" was filed against the Town of Cohocton Windmill Local Law and service upon the Cohocton Supervisor – Jack Zigenfus, the board acknowledged the serious nature of the action by passing a motion to re-write a new windmill local law.
There are issues with noise, vibration and shadow flicker all having detrimental effects on people and animals.
PAUL SMITHS -- A wind farm near the Gore Mountain ski area moved a step closer to fruition Thursday.
PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. A wind energy park proposal in the Adirondacks advanced one step closer yesterday at the Adirondack Park Agency's meeting.
Eric and Kyle Hosmer of Howard address the Howard Town Board meeting Wednesday night and asked that a letter they read to the board be placed in the official minutes. The request was denied for the time being. As a courtesy, we are printing portions of that letter here.Editor's Note: The complete letter follows.
A proposed tidal energy project to put six test turbines in New York City's East River cleared its final regulatory hurdle on April 28.
HAMDEN — A lengthy informational meeting on wind power in Delaware County — the fourth in a series — was held Sunday by a grass-roots organization.
But research by the Times Union found that while switching to an ESCO might be relatively easy -- the process begins with a simple phone call -- getting clear and definitive pricing information from the ESCOs is extremely difficult.
Questions and concerns about wind turbines continue to swirl throughout Delaware County, but answers won’t begin to be available for at least a year, officials said.
As the Long Island Power Authority pushes forward a plan for a contractor to build a massive wind-turbine project off Jones Beach, a second entity says it plans to amass 200 more windmills directly behind it, 15 miles off the coast.
This “wind rush” has been brought on chiefly by escalating concerns over global warming, government tax structures and subsidies that encourage development and an increasing awareness of finite supplies of fossil fuels.
Project Report Submitted to the Faculty of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy..in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Environmental PolicyEditor's Note: There are two recurring themes in this study: (1) the results are applicable only to Fenner and (2) much more research is needed. What is clearly missing is a ‘sense of place’, a variable acknowledged by the author as important but left unaddressed. What we’re told is that Fenner is a ‘rural farming community’. We have no sense of what drives residents/prospective residents to live in (or, for that matter, to leave) Fenner. We have no sense of ‘public attitudes’, another variable the author clearly ties to property values but leaves unaddressed. What is noticeably missing are house sales within 0.75 miles of the wind plant, i.e. those that would presumably be most impacted by noise and shadow flicker. In the absence of more authoritative studies, we know from press reports associated with wind plants and wind plant applications that ‘opposition’ appears to be lowest in ‘farming’ communities in which farmers view the turbines as a ‘cash crop’ and local municipalities covet the related taxes. We also know from these sources that opposition is greatest in communities that have something to ‘protect’, i.e. treasured/scenic natural assets (ridgelines, shorelines, unique/sensitive habitats), tourist/second home based economies and/or wildlife. Where these are issues, it is hardly a ‘leap of faith’ to surmise that property values will fare comparatively worse than in communities where these issues don’t exist and that properties specifically impacted by the turbines (view/noise/shadow flicker, etc) will fare the worst. As the author readily concedes, ‘public attitudes’ is an important determinant of property values and the opposition within these communities often reflects the prevailing public attitude towards wind turbines. After all, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION is what real estate is all about. Lastly, Hoen offers a useful critique (available below) of the REPP report that is often pointed to by wind turbine developers as evidence that wind plants do not adversely affect property values.