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A crowd of about 150 people were at the 3 p.m. public hearing on the Galloo Island wind project held Tuesday before members of the state siting board at the Henderson Fire Department community room.
SACKETS HARBOR — Hounsfield town officials and the developer behind the Galloo Island Wind project have teamed up to host support rallies Tuesday before state information and public statement forums.
The next decision regarding the Ball Hill wind project lies with the town board of Hanover, who must also have a supermajority board approval to pass the amendments to their six proposed turbines. In the words of one crowd member, “This isn’t over.”
Just a few years after the New York State Thruway Authority spent about $5 million on five turbines, four of them stand dormant. And a spokesperson indicated the Thruway Authority does not know when they will become operational again. ..."We're working with the manufacturer to get replacement parts," Givner said.
Councilwoman Sarah LoMonto currently has a lease agreement with RES, and has recused herself from the voting process. Recently, multiple individuals came to Villenova resident Tina Graziano, whose husband, Angelo, is a former Villenova councilman. They expressed to Graziano their concern that Councilman Nathan Palmer has a conflict of interest, as his wife’s parents and her sister have lease agreements with RES.
The winds are rising for three north country wind farms as the developers who have pushed them through the pipeline for years make the final strides toward their completion.
BARRE – Recent town meetings have included many outspoken critics of a proposed wind energy project in the Town of Barre.
The Town Council once again tabled any major revisions to its tentative wind law Monday so it could absorb additional information from the developer behind the Mad River Wind Farm. “Get some answers. Do some research,” said Supervisor Tanya M. Yerdon. “We care about this project; we care about our residents, so let’s do this right.”
The proposed changes include increasing the height of the turbines from 568 feet to a maximum height of 599 feet, which will also result in increased setbacks, the removal of one of the substations (a significant source of noise) and 5.7 to 5.8 miles of overhead lines being buried at a depth of approximately four feet, which would require the addition of three parcels of land to the project.
VILLENOVA — When it comes to wind turbines, bigger is better, at least according to Mark Lyons, project manager for the Ball Hill wind energy project.
The reports pertaining to Tug Hill reinforce the warnings that many people have issued over how wind turbines interfere with vital functions of the National Weather Service and Fort Drum. Authorities in Lewis County have an obligation to take these concerns seriously as they consider new proposals on the table.
The county will give Somerset $15,000 to help with the cost of trying to stop the Lighthouse Wind project, which would bring as many as 70 turbines, each up to 620 feet tall, to Somerset and neighboring Yates.
Why is Apex still here? The opposition is educated, engaged and growing. Our message to this Virginia corporation could not be clearer from multiple fronts. Lighthouse Wind does not belong in our towns, along our lakeshore, in our migratory flyway, or near our air base, and we will keep fighting for as long as we have to. Our surveys say: Apex – go home!!
HOPKINTON – Although lawyers for wind farm developer Avangrid acknowledged that they have ceased development efforts for the North Ridge Wind Project, wind talks were the hot topic at the June 18 town council meeting.
"I think my whole neighborhood probably heard me scream, 'wahoo,'" Britton said. "I knew that I would see [the turbines] from my front windows. I moved here, to a town of 500 people and got out of a big city, for a big reason — not to be industrialized. I just can't let it happen near me."
Town Supervisor Susan Wood says she can’t be bought and questions tactics used by wind developer Avangrid in its attempt to build a 27-turbine wind farm in her town.
The wind company proposing a 27-tower wind farm in Hopkinton no longer has an office in Parishville. Avangrid has removed their sign outside the Silver Cafe which they had been renting for their office for the past several months.
Zach Cohen, who came within a handful of votes of becoming East Hampton Town supervisor, is urging town officials to reject Deepwater Wind’s plan to build 15 wind turbines off the coast of Montauk.
Ethical issues and conflicts of interest over not allowing a town council member to vote resulted in a tie in an attempt to appoint Wind Advisory Board members.
“I can't even imagine what Avangrid is thinking - considering that the majority of people are against 500 foot towers. Lawyers from the wind farm company last month requested that Hopkinton town officials allow the turbine tip height to increase from 500 feet to 600 feet.