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The office of state Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court in Erie County. It seeks relief for investors she said have been duped by Stimm. The turbine, according to Stimm, is about six months away from hitting the market and, once widely adopted, will reduce the cost of electricity nationwide.
Two wind projects in Steuben County are set to take off as Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday unveiled the details of the awards for 21 large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects across upstate New York, totaling 1,278 megawatts of new renewable capacity.
With a recent town board vote, members of the Cambria Town Board rebuked proposed state regulations that would take away any local control over large-scale solar or wind projects.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just proposed a 40-page amendment to his 2020-21 budget that will be voted on in Albany before April 1. This will fast-track projects like Alle-Catt and let the siting board choose the locations of all renewable projects, which would be let out for bid to private developers, in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development and NYSERDA.
During a meeting on Tuesday, members of the Niagara County Legislature voted to approve a resolution formally requesting the state budget amendment to be withdrawn. "All of these proposed changes are not only in conflict with our Home Rule rights, but are also contrary to our obligation to protect the health, safety and welfare of our constituents," the resolution reads.
A plan by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to fast-track renewable energy projects statewide by toppling approval barriers is getting the thumbs-down from Long Island officials concerned that the measure will exclude local governments from siting and approval of projects such as solar farms. Cuomo’s administration has been working on a 30-day amendment to his fiscal 2020-21 budget that would change the "Article X" process for siting power plants.
Apex Clean Energy intends to file an application with the state in May or June to build 33 wind turbines with a top tip height at 655 feet, making them some of the tallest structures in Western New York. (One Seneca Tower in downtown Buffalo is the tallest building in WNY at 529 feet.)
Large-scale solar and wind projects would be subject to a dramatically new permitting process controlled only by the Cuomo administration – a plan developers say would cut by years the time to it takes for large renewable energy facilities to be approved in New York. Local government officials, however, say it will sharply reduce the role communities now play in the process for siting larger energy projects.
Some of the conditions Number Three questions relate to the project’s impact on threatened and endangered birds, noise and the role of the Site Engineering and Environment Plan, or SEEP. Number Three’s petition also accused the Siting Board of providing insufficient explanations for some of the decisions handed down and of not giving the company’s information the same consideration as that provided by other parties in the process, such as the DEC.
The fate of a controversial wind turbine project proposed for the area of Somerset and Yates is still uncertain. APEX Clean Energy announced this past April the company no longer planned to submit its application in 2019 for a 47-turbine wind farm in Somerset and Yates and shut down a community office in Barker.
A long-brewing storm developed into a Category 5 hurricane at the Town of Sanford board meeting Tuesday night as tempers flared and a portion of the session turned into a raucous yelling match between a board member and wind farm opponents.
The Farmersville Town Board will conduct public hearings on two local laws tonight at 7 o’clock, including a 2020 Wind Energy Facilities Local Law. The 56-page local law was introduced at an emergency meeting last Monday after the town board voted 3-2 to void the town’s 2019 wind law, which included a 600-foot wind turbine tip height and 1.3 times tip height, or 900 feet to a property line.
New wind laws were introduced in Farmersville and Freedom Monday night. Both town boards will conduct public hearings on the proposed laws this coming Monday night. In the meantime, earlier local laws in both towns remain in effect. The biggest difference is that the existing laws have a 450-foot height limit for turbines, while the recently-passed local laws conform to requests by Invenergy for 600-foot (ground top blade tip) turbine.
Schroder said by agreeing to a P.I.L.O.T. for Alle-Catt, the IDA would find itself “in a dance with the devil.” She cited the state attorney general’s fine of the company for failing to make financial disclosures that more than 10 town officials or their relatives in five towns had leases with Invenergy. The company was fined $25,000 for the lack of compliance. “Their lack of compliance does not inspire confidence this company will do the right thing,” she said.
The Calpine Bluestone Wind Farm project may have passed in the state, but it continues to draw high levels of opposition from people who would be immediately affected by the move. The plan does have some support, and neither side is willing to budge.
Over strong objections by two local members, the New York Siting Board approved a 124-megawatt wind turbine project in eastern Broome County. In giving the go-ahead, the board also rejected a newly adopted Town of Sanford zoning law that placed severe restrictions on the project, labeling it "overly burdensome."
Alle-Catt Wind Farm opponents spent the weekend addressing envelopes to Invenergy leaseholders pointing out plans to scale back the number of turbines in the 340-megawatt project spanning five towns. The letters being sent out by members of Farmersville United and Freedom United say as many as 46 of the 117 turbines in Freedom, Farmersville, Rushford, Centerville and Arcade “would be completely eliminated.”
Ever notice how many of the wind turbines on the old Bethlehem Steel property along Lake Erie don't rotate, even on windy days? Now we know why. The company that manufactured parts for the turbines went bankrupt, and the owner of the turbines in Lackawanna and Hamburg can't get replacement parts.
Owners of the 14 turbine Steel Winds project o a portion of the former Bethlehem Steel property, are planning to upgrade the 328-foot tall wind power generators including installation of new 116-foot long blades.
Alle-Catt opponents were elected in three towns on Tuesday: Farmersville, Freedom and Rushford. Farmersville and Freedom elected majorities of candidates who are opposed to the wind farm due to setback issues, shadow flicker and infrasound concerns. The 2018 Freedom wind law was struck down in state Supreme Court in Cattaraugus County ...The new wind laws increased the maximum height of the turbines from 450 to 600 feet at Invenergy’s request.