Articles from New York
HOPKINTON -- The town supervisor called out Two Hopkinton Town Council members for meeting with wind company officials while she was vacationing in Florida.
The Arkwright Summit Wind Farm is currently constructing wind towers in the town of Arkwright and can build up to 36 turbines. On Tuesday, the state ruled in favor of another wind farm company to build up to 48 turbines in the towns of Arkwright, Charlotte and Cherry Creek.
The first proposal, to reduce allowable decibel levels from a flat rate of 50 DBA at all times, to 45 during day (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and 42 during the night hours (9 p.m. to 7 a.m.), was approved in a 4-1-1 vote ...Regulations for low frequency noise were also lowered.
Governor asks feds for six-month extension to assess impact of offshore wind farms on state’s main fishing grounds wind. ...The request, if granted, could slow recent steps taken by both states to expedite building offshore wind farms in waters near New York and New Jersey.
“We know the moment [the federal government] gets a taste of wind farms in the Atlantic, we are going to be playing whack-a-mole with energy and oil companies creeping up on our fishing grounds,” Bonnie Brady said at a presentation by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, or NYSERDA, on Monday night at the Southampton Inn.
FARMERSVILLE — A proposal to site more than 100 wind turbines, each 600 feet tall, in four towns in northern Cattaraugus and Allegany counties has stirred up residents and environmental groups as a public hearing looms.
“At this point, we are not fighting about the value of the Alle-Catt project in producing ‘green energy,’ nor are we engaging in endless debate on the overall worth of the project. [O]ur most pressing concern is that the guidelines and laws for the development and installation of this project should be the most up-to-date and safest for our land, our environment and our citizens.”
The wind company planning to build a 27-turbine wind farm says the approval by the town board of its wind law has effectively banned the project from the town with zoning ordinances.
It took less than two minutes for the town of Hopkinton to pass the Wind Energy Facilities law Thursday night, a measure that had gone down in a split vote less than two weeks ago.
A new report has expressed concerns about the impact of wind turbines on the weather radar in Montague, which is maintained by personnel at Fort Drum. ...Capt. Patrick Phillippi, of the Air Force’s 18th Weather Squadron, Detachment 1, said last July that relocating the weather radar was not feasible, given the cost and difficulty of moving the fragile system, and that there would be no system to fill in during the transition period.
"It was a great business for the first few years," said John Scannell, Moog's chairman and CEO in an interview. "But it's been a financial drain for quite some time." Moog executives had hoped to jumpstart the wind energy business by developing a new line of more reliable pitch control systems for wind turbines.
In response to "Double Standards" Sound Off which appeared in the April 18-24 issue of North Country This Week: I believe what letter writers are "screaming" about is there would be no support for an industrial wind project in Hopkinton if it weren't for a handful of leaseholders who are pushing it.
The last stragglers out of the Town of Hopkinton board meeting on Monday saw the flag outside the hall had been lowered to half staff, apparently in protest of the town council’s decision not to vote for a proposed wind law that has been in the works for nearly two years.
Philip E. Karmel, a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner who has analyzed the case, said that if the scallopers win, the impact will depend on what remediation the judge orders. “The case could potentially be quite important if the court holds that BOEM’s leasing procedures do not comply with the National Environmental Policy Act,” he said. “That would require a new set of leasing procedures and it could result in delays in the rollout of offshore wind turbines.”
The National Weather Service is concerned that the proposed Mad River, Deer River and Roaring Brook wind farms could hinder forecast data collection by the radar station in Montague.
Speaking at the public hearing March 28, Avangrid Renewables Lead Senior Business Developer Scott McDonald said that the project cannot move forward with the sound and setback limits proposed in the current law.
MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature approved a resolution requesting the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency not to approve further PILOT agreements for wind energy projects larger than five megawatts rated-capacity Wednesday night.
The new wind law would replace the current town law, passed in 2011. It would regulate the North Ridge Wind Energy Project, which the energy company Avangrid plans to establish in the town. A draft of the law was approved by the town board last month in a working session, and Ms. Wood said she hoped the board would vote on it at its April board meeting.
ALBANY — Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne’s bill to block subsidies for wind projects built near Fort Drum passed the Assembly Energy Committee 11-4 late last week.
The 400-page BOEM report on the effects of EMF on lobsters and skate itself acknowledges that very little is currently known about the effects of EMF at environmental levels on the migration habits of fish. Could even faint levels of EMF in the water column be enough to change the course of a fish’s migration? “If the fish can detect this stuff from 15 or 18 feet away, and it’s only 30 feet deep, they’re not going to swim up and over it,” Mr. Cobb said.