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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.
SGRE said the fall in sales was due to a "market shut down" in India as the country moves to an auction-based system and "normal business volatility in the offshore market".
The official explained that LIPA had ample green-power sources to meet its short-term state mandates without the second Deepwater Wind project’s proposed 210 megawatts of energy. He noted LIPA will have other opportunities to purchase wind energy through a recently signed memorandum of understanding with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority specifically centered on offshore wind.
“In general, we have concerns about siting a project in a unique habitat such as an island and in an area adjacent to Little Galloo,” said Tim R. Sullivan, a service biologist who was in charge of submitting the final draft of the letter. “It’s important for the life cycle of colonial waterbirds.”
A coalition of residents and business owners from the Thousand Islands region have banded together oppose Avangrid Renewables’ proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm.
The ban on industrial wind turbine projects within 40 miles of airfields and military air bases (as addressed in Sen. Robert Ortt’s priority bill) would have freed the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and its 3,000 employees from a critical base assessment criterion of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission procedure: base encroachment.
Mr. Perkins said lawmakers need to conduct more research before creating a countywide policy that could impact all 32 towns, not just Parishville and Hopkinton where developers have proposed building North Ridge Industrial Wind Farm.
WATERTOWN — County economic development officials are preparing for a potential review of Apex Clean Energy’s payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application by the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency.
Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties are doing their part with the denial of PILOT tax breaks for wind facilities. That will mean that a significant local subsidy will go away. Now it’s time for citizens, business organizations and local politicians at the state level to get it together to oppose big wind. Only significant, coordinated opposition will force an Article 10 siting board to consider local voices, and if we wait any longer, it will be too late.
Some area towns are doing all they can to prevent large wind farms from blowing into their borders.
Albany isn’t letting anything stand in the way of its overly aggressive renewable energy plan, and upstate families are paying for it.