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The board had been wrestling with what to do about Black Oak Wind Farm's proposing a windmill site in Newfield, and it’s likely that the board will vote to instate a 90-day moratorium on any wind energy development in the town so that local laws can be reviewed.
NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on April 7, 2016, the release of a revised Code of Conduct for the wind energy industry in New York State.
Vacco, who is representing the town of Somerset where some of the turbines will be located, asserted that Apex has been “astroturfing” meetings, or bringing in paid employees to act as local residents supportive of the project or to flood state offices with letters of support. According to a letter Vacco wrote to Schneiderman, the town is worried that Apex is intentionally misrepresenting and inflating support for the project.
The landscape has shifted for the Clayton Town Council, which is now considering multiple approaches to combat the Horse Creek Wind Farm.
We who oppose the Apex “Clean Energy” project Lighthouse Wind, a proposed 600-foot, 70-unit commercial wind turbine installation in the townships of Somerset and Yates, have been accused of repeating myths about wind power that have been discredited by scientific research. Wrong!
The hard reality is that the anti-wind backlash in New York and elsewhere exposes wind energy’s practical limits. Wind may be popular among urban voters, but landowners in towns like Yates and Somerset aren’t going to accept lots of new turbines. Not without a fight.
Pamela R. Atwater, the president of Save Ontario Shores, a citizen group opposing the project, said she is not sure Apex would have signed the code of conduct if opponents hadn’t publicized its failure to do so. “I think they were shamed into it,” she said. “Why should the citizens have to do the research to determine what leases have been signed in the counties?”
The Town of Somerset learned today that Lighthouse Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy (“Apex”), has signed a Code of Conduct with the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Apex previously stated it negotiated the terms of the Code of Conduct directly with the Attorney General’s office. However, the Town, or any other local municipality, was not included in any of the discussions between Apex and the Attorney General’s Office regarding the provisions of the Code of Conduct.
Iberdrola Renewables is eyeing another potential Tug Hill wind farm site, even as it continues work to bring a nearby, nine-year-old project to fruition.
A section of the code requires Apex to disclose the names of any municipal official or their family members who would benefit financially from the company's wind farm development. To comply with the code, Apex must list the full name of the official or relative and the nature and scope of their financial interest, submit the information to the state Attorney General's office and, also, list the information on its website.
CHATEAUGAY –– The developer of the Jericho Rise wind farm project has begun site preparation work for the 37-tower project by clearing trees from tower locations and planned access roads to the sites.
The Clayton town board is proposing a law that would ban industrial wind projects. "The board is concerned that in 2016 the size and scope is so big that there's no way we can adequately contain the effects of the turbine project," Clayton town supervisor David Storandt said.
A New York startup is pushing into the distributed wind energy market in Kansas and other Midwestern states, backed by significant international dollars and the opportunity for landowners to use third-party financing to tap into wind energy.
We are convinced, as are many others, that this proposed project is improperly sited: too close to people, to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, to important migratory bird flyways, to a vital lakeside tourist industry. Nothing will change that. We will make sure our voices continue to be heard.
Like a freshening breeze that becomes a steady blow, the move to turn northeastern Jefferson County into one giant wind generation facility has roared perforce back to life. ...Big Wind is locked and loaded, and in every instance is trying to neutralize local input into siting decisions.
“The Attorney General’s Office has recently provided Lighthouse Wind and other wind developers in New York with an updated code of conduct agreement to review,” the company said. ...Lighthouse Wind said it is complying with most of the code.
Apex’s delay in signing and complying with the Code of Conduct adds to the ongoing experiences of citizens who have had questions addressed by Apex with “you’ll find out later” type of language. People want disclosure. Let us know your plans.
A representative from Iberdrola Renewables confirmed the plan for the towers, which are used to measure wind speeds, during a pre-application meeting held earlier this month by the town Planning Board, according to Supervisor David M. Storandt Jr. The developer has proposed to put up three towers within the town, he said, including one north of the Chaumont River that probably won’t be approved because it’s outside the town’s wind overlay district.
Clayton Town Supervisor David M. Storandt Jr. said that he had an informal meeting last week with Jenny Briot, development manager of wind and solar projects for Iberdrola. She will be sharing information about the project during the town Planning Board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.
A member of the Niagara County Board of Health had harsh words for the state Department of Public Service this week, after reading its response to the board’s request for a full environmental review of the proposed Somerset wind power project.