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One of Fort Drum's biggest assets and a key to its future is the airspace above it, says one's the post's strategic planners. But these days it shows more than aircraft. The blue patches are the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lewis County and the wind farm on Wolfe Island. Each turbine shows up separately and adds to the radar load.
Today, Orangeville is wasting precious money that would never have needed to be spent, had common sense ruled, instead of greed. Because of the self-serving political greed of the current Wyoming County regime, ever-rising taxes are devastating the economic base and quality of life in industrial wind “company owned” towns.
Once a lease or an option to lease, which gives the company the ability to use the lease or not as they see fit, is signed, it is very difficult to re-negotiate. Everything from the location of the lease and easements for roads to decommissioning the structures at the end of their life has to be worked out, and leases often last for 20 to 40 years.
The New York State Board on Electric Generation and the Environment (Siting Board) issued a public notice regarding a recent wind farm decision made by judges from the Department of Public Service (DPS) and the Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday.
The biggest recipient of taxpayer cash on ACENY’s roster is the world’s biggest and most-litigious wind-energy producer: NextEra Energy ...NextEra is using some of that taxpayer cash to sue small towns including Hinton, Okla., and Almer and Ellington in Michigan. What did those tiny towns do to irritate the energy giant, which has a market capitalization of $73 billion? They prohibited installation of wind turbines, the latest models of which now stand about 800 feet high.
SOMERSET — Many residents attended the Somerset budget hearing on Wednesday to get an explanation on the proposed town tax increase of 113 percent.
Among the recommendations in the 118-page report was for military officials to identify areas where wind turbines could pose a threat, to create a Regional Wind Energy Policy Steering Group to raise awareness of potential projects, to become an “Interested Party” on the state Siting Board and to coordinate with wind developers to create agreements supporting both new projects and military missions.
While Mr. Gray said he would like full taxation for the full assessment from developer Avangrid Renewables in a potential payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for its Lewis County project’s transmission line, which will run through the town of Rodman, he said he would bring a proposal to the Legislature that would mirror the PILOT agreement for the Copenhagen Wind Farm.
LOWVILLE — About a dozen union representatives spent a few hours Tuesday morning outside the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency protesting the use of out-of-state, nonunion workers on the Copenhagen Wind Farm project.
Oct 16, 2017 — In exchange for annual payments potentially worth millions, Avangrid Renewables wants to install wind turbines in two small, North Country towns. But not everybody is celebrating.
With a tradition of home rule and spirited opposition to large-scale projects, New York is a tough place for building, she said. Thus, ACE NY needs to focus on getting projects built, Reynolds said. “Without this new focus, and without individual projects succeeding, our collective progress will be on paper only,” she said.
If NYSERDA stops paying Noble incentives, Noble’s income will decrease and could directly affect the Town of Eagle. The funding that Eagle receives annually from Noble as a part of the host agreement is percentage based, so if Noble loses income, so will Eagle and the residents of Eagle with turbines on their properties.
A standing-room only crowd of local residents and officials voiced concerns about a lack of transparency and communication from Geronimo Energy, the company planning to erect a 900-acre, 150-megawatt solar farm in the town and village of Malone.
Representatives of five transmission projects proposed in July in response to the Massachusetts solicitation for 9.45 TWh/year of hydro and Class I renewables (wind, solar or energy storage) tried to explain why their projects should be among those selected in January. Contracts awarded under the MA 83D request for proposals are to be submitted in late April.
The Development Authority of the North Country’s Fort Drum Joint Land Use Study covers 25 areas of compatibility, from housing availability, biological resources, energy development and noise. When finished, the study is also expected to become a key part of the debate over wind turbine development in areas near the post.
The developer for the Galloo Island Wind project and retired biologist Clifford P. Schneider are at odds about whether Mr. Schneider qualifies to have an authoritative voice in the state Article 10 review process for the project. “There are certain standards to be met and he doesn’t appear to meet any of them,” said Neil T. Habig, senior director of project development for the developer, Apex Clean Energy.
Members of the Concerned Citizens of Cassadaga Wind Project are protesting around the county to “raise public awareness about the impacts of these wind farm projects,” said organizer Joni Riggle. “If the public did their research, they would not want these farms destroying our rural and agricultural lands.
How could Avangrid possibly claim that these five permanent members are any less biased than Mr. Snell? Two of the Siting Board members are heads of agencies (the DPS and NYSERDA) that have very direct roles in promoting and financing the deployment of large-scale renewable energy projects in New York. Accomplishing that deployment is at the core of their official governmental duty. NYSERDA, in particular, is an unabashed and aggressive advocacy organization for more renewable energy in New York.
“(Apex Clean Energy) has asked the JCIDA to table our PILOT application for the moment,” Mr. Habig said in an email. “Much has been reported on Fort Drum concerns in recent days. We feel it is appropriate to give the parties an opportunity to digest the facts and reach informed and considered conclusions regarding potential base impact before engaging in PILOT discussions.”
Scott A. Gray, chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators, properly connected the dots between the employment practices of EDF Renewable Energy and the county’s taxation rule for wind projects. “The fact that they are not hiring local people solidifies our position going forward that full taxation is the right position,”