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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.”
Gill-net fisherman Richard Stevens said there’s so much fishing at various times of year in the proposed areas that the “entire map should be colored in.” He suggested the turbines will make a difficult navigation at sea even harder. “It’s hard enough to work with each other,” putting fixed gear out of the way of trawlers. “Now if you’re trying to avoid wind farms, that can create real problems. It will.”
From stares and mumblings at public meetings to stolen wind signs and frequent opposing opinion pieces in North Country This Week, Avangrid’s proposed 40-turbine wind farm has impacted friendships and family relationships in Parishville and Hopkinton.
As small towns like Parishville and Hopkinton have struggled in creating wind turbine laws, many residents wonder if elected officials are capable of handling such a large-scale project and making a decision that is best for everyone.
The vast areas of farm land and hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline that distinguish the north country are the target of the insatiable political demand for green electricity. The pressure upon those whose lives are intertwined with those potential wind and solar factory farms is intense.
This National Grid power substation on Route 12e in Watertown has been proposed as a tie in to the statewide electrical grid for proposed Jefferson County wind projects, but it doesn’t have sufficient capacity to handle that power.
A public hearing on a law regulating the establishment of wind turbines brought out more than 70 people, mostly to register grave concerns about the project. The meeting, hosted by the Hopkinton Town Council, was at times openly hostile, with one wind farm opponent being ejected.
MEDINA – Two large-scale wind turbine projects in Orleans County are both on target for construction in 2020, Apex Clean Energy officials told supporters this week.
The Town of Yates notified Apex Clean Energy on Thursday that it needs to remove a meteorological tower because it is no longer in compliance. ...Apex is trying to have a second MET tower constructed in Yates.
FORT DRUM — Military officials are working quickly in the face of changing winds in Lewis County, coming in the form of new turbine developments near its Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.
About 60 people attended the presentation at the Tabernacle in Thousand Island Park hosted by Ross Holbrook and his father, Doug. The presentation informed attendees about the coalition, their concerns about the Horse Creek Wind Farm project, the state Law Article 10 law review process for energy projects and how opponents to the proposal can involve themselves in the review process.
A coalition of residents and business owners from the Thousand Islands region have banded together oppose Avangrid Renewables’ proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm.
Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties are doing their part with the denial of PILOT tax breaks for wind facilities. That will mean that a significant local subsidy will go away. Now it’s time for citizens, business organizations and local politicians at the state level to get it together to oppose big wind. Only significant, coordinated opposition will force an Article 10 siting board to consider local voices, and if we wait any longer, it will be too late.
Some area towns are doing all they can to prevent large wind farms from blowing into their borders.
The Parishville Town Board unanimously passed a local wind law at their meeting June 22 establishing wind turbine setbacks and sound output limits. However, the town is not interested in payments in lieu of taxes – PILOT -- from a large-scale wind power project planned to be built by Avangrid Renewables.
A Chicago-based energy company is eyeing four northern Cattaraugus and Allegany County towns for up to 130 wind turbines. ...Company representatives have visited the four town boards over the past few months and are reportedly signing up landowners to locate wind turbines on ridgelines. The company website says 16,000 acres in the four counties are under lease.
BATAVIA — Troy Weiler explains his job as finding sites that are friendly for medium-scale wind turbines.