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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.
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.
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.
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,”
“There’s two separate topics: Wind power, renewables, I support,” he said. “Wind power that would affect Fort Drum is a totally different issue. Fort Drum is a very important economic engine, and we wouldn’t want to do anything to dilute that.”
PARISHVILLE — Avangrid Renewables, the wind tower company that wants to build wind turbines in Parishville and Hopkinton, had their motion denied to have a Parishville resident removed from the state siting board.
The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a resolution opposing the development of eight industrial wind turbine projects in proximity to Fort Drum, citing concerns that the turbines will impact training capabilities.
Mr. Snell declined to recuse himself in a letter dated Sept. 18, writing in letter to Ms. Burgess, “It is my personal belief that I am well-suited and qualified to represent the communities of Parishville and Hopkinton on the Siting Board. It is also my personal belief that I have no more conflicts of interest or bias regarding the proposed North Ridge Wind energy project than anyone else serving on the Siting Board.”
“The fact that they are not hiring local people solidifies our position going forward that full taxation is the right position,” Mr. Gray said, adding that having only 20 percent of the company’s workforce consist of local labor “basically nullifies (the developer’s) argument that it creates construction jobs ... that doesn’t create any for our people.”
The company that revived the Jericho Rise wind farm project in the towns of Chateaugay and Bellmont has proposed another wind project in the same area.
In short, the governor and his myriad allies on the Left love to promote renewables, but wind energy — the linchpin of their all-renewable schemes — continues to be stymied by a fundamental problem: it requires way too much territory.
Following a visit to a wind farm that is comparable to one proposed for Hopkinton and Parishville, Town Supervisor Sue Wood said she has “even more reservations about the project.”
A Parishville man will get to stay on the New York Siting Board on Electronic Siting and the Environment following a motion by a wind developer to have him removed for what they say was a conflict of interest. Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess mailed a letter to Gary Snell Sr. stating that the siting board had no authority to disqualify or remove Snell from the board.
Developers of the Number Three Wind project are requesting several waivers from the town of Lowville’s zoning law, and town officials plan to discuss the matter next month. “Let’s listen to them and let them make their case,” town attorney Raymond A. Meier told councilmen at a recent meeting. “We can talk about whether it’s in the best interest of the town.”
The proposed creation of a 900-acre solar farm prompted the Town Board on Wednesday to approve a three-month moratorium on the development of such projects. The delay –– which is similar to one adopted by the town of Bellmont earlier this year –– is intended to give board members time to research a possible local law regulating solar energy projects in the town.
WATERTOWN — The Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization has formally opposed the development of eight industrial wind turbine projects near Fort Drum, citing concerns that they “will greatly reduce the installation’s training capability.”
Rodney Votra, the town supervisor in Parishville, wrote a letter on Tuesday to the Siting Board in support of Mr. Snell ...“When tasked with selecting nominations for the ad hoc committee, I was very transparent about selecting individuals from both sides of this issue,” wrote Mr. Votra in the letter. “This appears to be nothing more than an attempt by Avangrid to silence the opposition.”