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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,”
“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.
Galloo Island is facing significant unresolved environmental questions because of the danger to endangered and rare bird and bat species. No matter how it’s spun, towers with blades reaching 800 feet into the heavens, where the blade tips are spinning at over 100 miles an hour (yes, that is correct) even in lower wind speeds, there is going to be significant bird and bat mortality. That problem is multiplied because the island is under a significant migratory flyway.