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HENDERSON — The Town Council last week adopted a resolution to oppose wind energy development near Fort Drum.
The Town of Somerset's proposed new zoning laws don't mention Apex Clean Energy by name, but no doubt they were written with the company in mind. The zoning code amendments, introduced at the town board's Dec. 13 business meeting, constitute an outright ban on commercial-scale wind turbines in this small, rural community.
The Parishville Town Council spoke out against wind development near Fort Drum, unanimously approving a resolution opposing such projects.
The new language also gives a more formal definition for “adverse impact on military operations and readiness” to cover flight operations, research, development, testing, evaluation and training, and defines other terms related to the evaluation process.
The developer of the Galloo Island Wind project will not move on to the last stretch of the Article 10 review process until it addresses several deficiencies in its project application. A letter by John B. Rhodes, chairman of the state Public Service Commission, identifying the deficiencies in the project application, can be accessed by clicking the document icon on this page.
Brian E. Ashley, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, said his agency is not opposed to wind power but is concerned about anything that could negatively impact “the largest economic driver in the north country. “Our overriding concern is the integrity and impacts on Fort Drum,” he said.
The commission quietly voted Friday to approve the CES “Phase 2 Implementation Plan,” which reduces from 1.1 percent to 0.15 percent the share of electricity that utilities and large-scale electricity users—together known as “load-serving entities”—must obtain from renewables during 2018. Last fall, the commission made a similar reduction to the 2017 requirements, cutting it from 0.6 percent to a minuscule 0.035 percent.
Who should decide how each New York town will contribute to a more sustainable future? If your answer is the wind turbine companies and the leaseholders, then you invite division, acrimony and toxicity, and you underestimate the power of subsidiarity, home rule and — most importantly — the people.
Scola is concerned about state and federal regulations. But his big concern is the prospect of hundreds, and perhaps even thousands, of giant wind turbines spread out in the New York Bight, an area along the Atlantic Coast that extends from southern New Jersey to Montauk Point. It’s one of the most productive fishing grounds on the Eastern Seaboard.
As the community looked toward potential development conflicts with Fort Drum, wind turbines kept coming to the forefront. In Jefferson County, the issue has sparked a coalition among Fort Drum advocates, echoing military concerns about the impact of turbines on aviation and weather radar systems, and residents who oppose turbine projects in the area.
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.