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An attorney representing opponents to the Alle-Catt Wind Farm said Tuesday the developer violated the state Attorney General’s Code of Conduct in failing to publicize potential conflicts of interest among municipal officials and their relatives with wind contracts. Ginger Schroder, an attorney from Farmersville who represents residents opposed to the proposed 600-foot wind turbines, said Invenergy was fined $25,000 for violating the Code of Conduct which is designed to prevent “even the appearance of conflicts of interests.”
MATTITUCK, NY — A wind turbine fire broke out at a North Fork winery recently, police said.
In fact, most of New York’s “renewable” energy comes from hydropower, which is tough to scale up. Plus, alternative energy faces a growing transmission problem: You have to get the electricity to the customers, which means major new power lines to connect new solar and wind plants to the grid.
They are already too tall to ignore in Arkwright. Villenova’s turbines will someday sky even higher while the towns of Charlotte and Hanover will soon be having additional towers erected for the wind-energy business.
Mr. Schneider said there are less-intrusive ways to survey the islands for eagles. Western EcoSystems Technology Inc. conducted on-ground surveys for Apex in 2017 and 2018. He said that Apex already knew that eagles used Galloo Island for breeding, and he wasn’t certain if any state agency required the firm to conduct additional surveys. The question remains how long will the state put up with bad faith actions on the part of Apex.
A stalemate on a number of issues after the early wrap-up of this week’s “evidentiary hearing” for Invenergy’s Number 3 Wind Farm resulted in a closed-door “settlement conference” to try to search for middle ground.
Invenergy issued a statement Thursday, saying, “The application submission begins a one-year public hearing comment period, during which time the New York State Siting Board will review the completed application and associated testimony and all public comments. Dates for the public hearings will be confirmed in the coming weeks.”
"Just leave our lake alone," said Mary Hosler, (D) Evans town supervisor. That's the message from Evans town leaders to Diamond Generating Corporation looking to place up to 50 wind turbines along Sturgeon Point off Lake Erie.
“The contract with New York is far from being signed,” Pineau said. “The mayor of New York City has said he wants to start negotiating, so that’s a very good sign. If he goes public it means he’s committed. … But it’s never easy. In principle everyone loves renewable energy, but when it comes to the invoice and the price tag, sometimes people have second thoughts.” In the case of New York City, that price tag includes $2.9 billion for U.S. developers to run the line through the state of New York, plus hundreds of millions more for Hydro-Québec to bring the line from the border to the Hertel converter station on Montreal’s South Shore.
The board planned to approve the law Wednesday, but during a meeting that attracted more than 50 people to the town barn, several residents criticized the legislation, which they viewed as too restrictive for wind development, and urged the board to amend it before taking action. The proposed law limits turbine height for projects that would generate more than 100 kilowatts of electricity to 400 feet. Developers have to erect turbines and components away from property lines, structures and roads at a distance of five times their height. Commercial wind farm turbines cannot emit noise louder than 35 A-weighted decibels, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 25 A-weighted decibels, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The New York State Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on June 11 in East Hampton on the application by Deepwater Wind to install a power supply cable connecting the South Fork Wind Farm to a Long Island Power Authority substation near East Hampton Village.
"The most notable information in the report is that, absent carbon pricing and new transmission investment, state policies that incentivize upstate renewables investment will result in increasing displacement of existing renewable and zero-emitting resources, meaning we will not be achieving the state's greenhouse gas reduction goals," said Gavin Donohue, president and CEO of Independent Power Producers of New York.
Burgess went on to explain that only the certificate holder — Cassadaga Wind, LLC — could petition the siting board to amend their certificate and that requests to amend the certificate made by any other party would be interpreted as requests for rehearing, “the avenue available to any party aggrieved by a decision by the Siting Board.”
The company’s Lighthouse Wind project has been bitterly opposed by many in Yates and Somerset, who said turbines over 600 feet in height were way out of scale with a rural community by the lake. Residents also have concerns the turbines would affect public health with noise and shadow flicker, and also negatively impact wildlife and property values.
The developers of a planned wind power project in Somerset and Yates informed town officials Wednesday night that they will not submit a formal application for state approval this year. Although Apex Clean Energy won't say so, Somerset Supervisor Daniel M. Engert said Thursday he believes the Lighthouse Wind project is dead.
The Burke Town Board voted Tuesday night to amend the town’s wind law to allow wind turbines of up to 725 feet in height. The change was passed with three votes in favor, with two members of the Town Board — Town Supervisor Bill Wood and Councilman Arnold Lobdell — recusing themselves from the wind law vote due to a conflict of interest.
Citing factors like the noise, the light flicker, the confidentiality of the project, the experimental nature of the larger turbines, and even environmental and financial effects. Karl Katen, who petitioned locals, described why they were at the meeting "To prove this point that people in this area does not want these wind turbines.
Nearby residents opposed to a proposed wind farm in Eastern Broome County are stepping up their efforts to have their voices heard. They've formed a group called Broome County Concerned Residents and have developed a long list of objections to the Bluestone Wind Farm Project planned for portions of the Towns of Sanford and Windsor.
The NYLCV joins a growing list of "environmental" and "conservation" groups, overwhelmingly centered in urban areas like New York City and Albany, who arrogantly believe they know better than rural New Yorkers how best to help build a more sustainable future. This latest "report" claims that if only rural, upstate New Yorkers were more educated, then we would understand that industrial-scale wind and solar are the only answers to climate change challenges. How nice it is for these organizations to have so much to preach to upstate rural communities from the comforts of their urban ivory towers that will never feel the impact of large-scale industrial encroachment.
On March 15, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, the law firm representing Specialties Company, LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana, filed mechanic’s liens against real properties in Arkwright under lease agreements with wind company EDP Renewables. According to lien documents, Akrwight Summit Wind Farm, with consent from the property owners, engaged the services of subcontractor White Construction, Inc., also of Indiana. ...Although the work has been completed, the mechanic’s lien says that White Construction has not been paid in full. “The total agreed price ...was $6,109,037.28 of which $3,548,568.30 remains unpaid."