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County Planning Board backs tougher wind energy law in Yates

The Orleans County Planning Board is supporting the Town of Yates in revising a nearly decade-old local law on wind energy facilities. The previous town ordinance from 2008 caps the height of turbines at 420 feet. Apex Clean Energy wants to build up to 71 turbines in Yates and Somerset that would be between 490 to 620 feet in height to the top of the turbine blade.
29 Apr 2016

Yates plans wind power law as activists blast developer

The law prohibits wind power development in the waterfront revitalization area near the lakeshore and requires developers to reimburse property owners who sell their homes because of the wind project if they can’t obtain a sale price equal to the value set by an appraiser. The moratorium bans all wind projects for six months.
23 Apr 2016

Clayton holds off decision on wind moratorium

Both Iberdrola representatives and town residents spoke during a public comment session during Wednesday evening’s meeting at the Clayton Opera House, Riverside Drive. ...Multiple residents at the meeting said the moratorium would help the town assess its options, and expressed concerns about the project’s potential impact to the environment, quality of life and property values.
21 Apr 2016

Orleans enacts six-month wind moratorium

 a six-month moratorium on activity relating to furthering industrial wind, including erecting test towers, was adopted by the Orleans Town Board during its Apr. 14 meeting. Prior to the vote, a hearing took place to give members of the public an opportunity to air their views.
20 Apr 2016

Newfield to Vote on Wind Moratorium

In response to the proposed Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield introducing plans that include one wind turbine site in Newfield, the Newfield Town Council will vote at its next meeting on whether or not to place a 90-day moratorium on wind energy development in the town.
11 Apr 2016

Atlantic Wind denied special use permit

"Your permit for this tower leads to an industrial wind development," he said. "We want to be very sure we have everything in our community set to the benefit of our community before we make any proceeding that goes toward this wind tower industrial development." Barton said the zoning board is going to take the time to be sure the Randolph code is going to protect the property owners around the wind towers, as well as the people who have them on their land.
29 Mar 2016

Randolph zoning board denies ‘special use permit’ for Atlantic Wind

The Town of Randolph Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously denied a special use permit for Atlantic Wind LLC to install a 196-foot meteorological tower in the town. ...Six points affected the board’s decision. They were outlined by board member Paul Steward, who said there are several clauses in the Atlantic Wind contract that take away landowner rights and are in conflict with the “intent and purpose” of the Town of Randolph code.
24 Mar 2016

Clayton proposes banning industrial turbines in reaction to Horse Creek wind project

Under a proposed amendment to the town’s zoning law, the Wind Energy Facility Overlay District would be removed from the town’s southern end, where Iberdrola Renewables is planning its project. Turbines are currently permitted within the overlay district if they comply with permitting rules and the current wind law, but they’d be banned altogether if the proposed law and amendment are approved.
11 Mar 2016

Wind law revisions move quickly

Simon anticipates the whole process to be completed in April, months ahead of when Apex Clean Energy plans to submit an application to a state siting board for a 201-megawatt wind energy network. Somerset, where two-thirds of the potential land is targeted for Apex’s intended network, has already completed a local law revision. Simon said Yates’ new law would be roughly the same to their neighbor’s, with some changes specific to Yates.
8 Mar 2016

Somerset passes controversial wind power law

Norris said the law requires wind developers to pay for a baseline study of the health of residents who want to take part. Developers would have to pay reimbursements to property owners whose land values fall because of turbines within two miles, and sets rules for decommissioning unused windmills. Quarles said Apex still intends to file its final application, including specific turbine locations, this summer.
25 Feb 2016

Wind developer renews several land leases in Clayton, Orleans, Brownville and Lyme

The developer of the Horse Creek wind project recently renewed and updated several land leases across towns of Clayton, Orleans, Brownville and Lyme, according to Jefferson County property records. Records show that Iberdrola Renewables has finalized 15 such lease agreements this year under the name of its subsidiary, Atlantic Wind LLC. Those agreements — all recorded by the county in February — re-establish lease agreements dating back to 2006.
17 Feb 2016

Orangeville Wind Farm opponent added to siting board for Lighthouse Wind review

Orleans County’s representative on an Article X siting board for the Lighthouse Wind project remains a mystery, but their locally-nominated colleague has been changed to someone well-versed in the battles over wind energy. Cathi Orr found out late last week she — and not Randall Atwater as previously reported — has been appointed by State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan as one of two locally-nominated members of the siting board.
15 Feb 2016

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