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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.
According to Joseph R. McGill, the town code officer, the setbacks should apply to any place people live, whatever kind of facilities are present. “As far as assessment goes, New York state does not recognize ‘hunting camps,’” he said. Mr. McGill labels hunting camps as seasonal residences, which are still legally residences.
Two studies Apex Clean Energy is planning to provide to help assess how its Galloo Island Wind project could affect bats are inadequate for determining the potential impacts, argues avian advocate Clifford P. Schneider.
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.
Councilman Wayne Rogers called on his fellow Town Board members to explore modifications to the town law adopted prior to the construction of the Jericho Rise project to address some of the problems that have arisen since the wind farm began operation at the end of last year.
In fact, they will require virtually complete electrification of these states’ economies to eliminate almost all fossil fuel consumption, not just the small percentage of fossil fuels devoted to generating electricity. The costs to consumers and taxpayers will be trillions of dollars, with virtually no benefits. Indeed, as I show in a recent report for the Manhattan Institute, the numbers behind these 80-by-50 mandates just don’t add up.
The Orleans Town Council will review a proposed new wind law that combines its existing law with a previously proposed amendment that contained 48 pages of additional regulations.
Mr. Burger said building roads and bases for turbines in the area would reduce the amount of available grassland for birds to live and breed. Mrs. Liner said in the letter that grassland birds typically require large fields that allow them to avoid predators in order to breed, adding that several species such as Henslow’s Sparrow and the Northern Harrier prefer having 100 acres available for habitation or more.
Hopkinton Town Supervisor Susan Wood says a banner placed on a float in the Hopkinton-Fort-Jackson parade Aug. 5 that claimed “Windmills = 50% Cut in Land Taxes for Hopkinton” was not based on facts.
Under the policy, the county Legislature requires any payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement for wind energy production projects with a rated capacity of 25 Megawatts or more to be equal to the property tax payments the county would have received in the absence of exemptions.
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.
“This request came in shortly after the town passed its newly revised local wind law and formally made Avangrid aware that we were not interested in any discussions regarding a PILOT for the proposed North Ridge Wind Project,” said Parishville Town Supervisor Rodney Votra.
A document from the Niagara County Legislature dated Aug. 1 states that Apex Clean Energy’s plans to erect up to 70 new wind turbines, “could interfere with flight and radar operations and constitute an encroachment to base operations.”
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.