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This year, Mr. Copleman stated in a Jan. 21 email, "We’re reevaluating the Horse Creek wind farm project area. Our US wind development pipeline has many different projects in various stages of development as we're constantly evaluating individual projects in an effort to determine which ones to move forward."
Picking an Orleans County representative for the ad-hoc Lighthouse Wind siting board shouldn’t have been difficult. Yet it remains unsettled, the decision now sitting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, after Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie didn’t make a selection during a 30-day window to weigh in.
According to Arkwright Town Supervisor Frederic Norton, the meeting scheduled for Monday evening, during which officials had hoped to accept the project's host agreement, was postponed.
“While I’m denying motion, I’m also cautioning the applicant that the process does require it to meaningfully respond to public comment and to show the comment is responded to and how decisions are informed by those comments, or explain why it has chosen not to follow the comments.”
The company, whose project is called Lighthouse Wind, was required by law to provide $70,350, based on the size of its proposed 201-megawatt project. At a meeting in the Barker Fire Company hall, before a crowd of about 75, the judges decided to give $40,350 to the Town of Somerset, $20,500 to the Town of Yates and $9,500 to Save Ontario Shores, a citizen group.
Three administrative law judges will meet with Apex Clean Energy and stakeholders in the Lighthouse Wind project on Thursday to discuss many issues with the proposed project. The pre-application conference begins at 3 p.m. and is expected to take about two hours.
Jim Simon was elected in November in a write-in campaign over incumbent John Belson. Simon was backed by the Save Ontario Shores citizens’ group that opposes the large-scale wind energy project in Yates and Somerset.
The Yates Town Board formally opposed the Apex Clean Energy Lighthouse Wind LLC Project Thursday night. ...“It puts the political and municipal opposition all in a monolithic setting,” he said. “Both towns, both counties, both boards of health, Sen. Ortt, U.S. Congressman Collins, they’re against this project.”
A contractor was lined up, all permits were complete and plans had been finalized, Wells added. "We’re ready to go, and then (Teeter) backed out, and that was completely unforeseeable because the guy has been our biggest proponent for nine years.” Teeter said he couldn't comment on why he backed out.
Two surveys last fall showed overwhelming opposition to the Lighthouse Wind project proposed by Apex Clean Energy, which wants to erect a total of as many as 70 wind turbines in Yates and the neighboring Town of Somerset in Niagara County. ...Somerset town leaders have been vocal in their opposition to the project, hiring former state Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco to provide legal muscle for their fight against the plan.
The only thing that has ever been reliably generated by industrial wind is complete and utter civil discord. Neighbor is pitted against neighbor, and even family member against family member, totally dividing communities (already apparent in Orleans and Niagara counties).
Opponents of a planned wind power project on the shores of Lake Ontario asserted Wednesday that the presence of the turbines might be a black mark against the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in any future round of threatened base closures, even though the turbines would be about 25 miles away.
A group fighting the placement of wind turbines along the Lake Ontario shoreline said Wednesday the structures could pose a threat to planes operating out of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
More than 2,500 surveys were delivered to property owners and registered voters in Yates, with the 46 percent replying ...More than 70 percent of respondents agreed with three statements that the study of health issues, wildlife issues and possible effects on operations at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station were important.
"I want the cops here right now!" called a clearly upset woman from the back of the Enfield gymnasium. ..."I haven't been able to talk all night because I've had a gag clause... I'm afraid I'm gonna get sued! And then the wind people just grabbed my arm. This is the kind of shit I'm talking about!" said the woman, whom the police report identified as Theresa Guler of Enfield.
Former state Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco, who was hired to fight the project, said in his letter to the commission that the preliminary scoping statement filed by Apex Clean Energy and its subsidiary, Lighthouse Wind, should be rejected for not listing the number, size, generating capacity or location of the planned wind turbines.
Poland is considering a ban on building wind farms close to houses, a move the industry fears may block new investment in renewable energy sources and bolster coal's role in the economy.
Worries that the Black Oak Wind Farm will decimate property values and cause public health and safety issues, among other concerns, spurred about 150 people to fill a public meeting Thursday night. ...The meeting had a tense atmosphere throughout. Several people yelled comments out of turn, and others raised their voice into a microphone when it was their turn to speak.
Emotions ran high as several residents made impassioned pleas both for and against the project. There was frequent applause for both viewpoints. Some opponents leveled accusations of deceit and underhanded tactics against Black Oak, while others debated the science of wind farm safety with the project representatives and experts on hand.
The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency met this week at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator in Dunkirk for a deviation hearing on the Arkwright Summit Wind Farm LLC, ready to receive comments from representatives of the taxing jurisdictions on the company's requested abatement of real property taxes with respect to the project facility.