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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.
Hudson Energy Development has sold its development rights for the Galloo Island wind project to Apex Clean Energy, a much larger renewable-energy company in Charlottesville, Va. The takeover comes after Hudson, of Albany, spent roughly two years developing the 31-tower, 102.3-megawatt project that calls for 575-foot-tall turbines on the island in the town of Hounsfield.
"There are health effects, there are environmental effects, there are wildlife effects, we're right in the water shed of the Great Lakes," said John Riggi, Save Ontario Shores president. "And you have these machines so close to people they just don't belong in this area and they don't belong near people period."
Donley said at any time during or after the construction he feels his or his family’s life is being negatively impacted by the wind farm, he will take legal action. “If there were to be any collateral damage to myself, my property or my family, I would take things to the fullest extent of law and pursue legal matters,” Donley said.
The group, Save Ontario Shores, has denounced the Lighthouse Wind project because it would industrialize a largely rural area, disrupt traffic, kill too many birds and bats and cause annoying and arguably harmful visual and audio effects.
ARKWRIGHT - A gust of good news has apparently developed for a town working on securing wind energy for more than a decade.
The Virginia-based company, through its subsidiary Lighthouse Wind, on Monday formally filed its preliminary scoping statement to the state’s Public Service Commission for a proposed 201-megawatt wind turbine network in Yates and Somerset.
This is the primary problem with a wind farm project: huge government subsidies for paltry economic benefits. And in the end, developers could close down shop and let county officials worry about decommissioning the outdated turbines. Where are the advantages to approving such a plan?
SINCLAIRVILLE - Representatives from Environmental Design & Research and EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc. were on hand Thursday at the Sinclairville Fire Hall to field the community's questions regarding the Cassadaga Wind Project.
Though Iberdrola’s 446-megawatt pledge does not call for any wind projects in New York, its 48-turbine, 96-megawatt wind farm planned in the town of Clayton is among several projects statewide that could still materialize, according to Paul N. Copleman, spokesman for the developer. He said the developer now has 500 megawatts of wind power under development with projects planned in New York.
Orleans County legislators may be taking a wait-and-see approach with a proposed wind energy project in Yates and Somerset, but the county officials aren’t holding back their opinions on the loss of local control in deciding the fate of the project. “Every New Yorker should be outraged with Albany stepping on local governments,” said Legislator Don Allport, R-Gaines.
Critically, our studies examine the economic impact of available energy sources, are peer-reviewed and fact-checked for accuracy, and rely on academically accepted practices and methodologies. This study happens to reveal that the true cost of wind energy is being masked by taxpayer subsidies afforded to corporate wind producers.
A committee representing the Yates Town Council, Save Ontario Shores and Apex Clean Energy is still putting together a survey gauging support and opposition to locating a wind energy network with in the town, Supervisor John Belson said. “(Councilman) Wes Bradley is working to put it together with S.O.S. and Apex, but it takes time,” Belson said
The Cassadaga Wind Project is a proposed 126 megawatt wind farm located in the towns of Arkwright, Charlotte and Cherry Creek, according to Everpower's website. The project will be located on primarily farmland and could include up to 62 turbines when completed.
The study will explore various impacts of the a 31-turbine project planned by Hudson Energy, Albany. It will explore how the project could impact the economy, viewshed and property values in Henderson, where Mr. Culkin said residents have overwhelmingly opposed the 102.3-megawatt wind farm.
The Town of Somerset has hired former state Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco to lead a legal fight against Apex Clean Energy’s proposed wind power project, and Apex may have to pay for it. Supervisor Daniel M. Engert said the town, and the anti-wind power citizens group Save Ontario Shores, or SOS, are allowed to apply to the state Public Service Commission for “intervenor funds” that would have to come out of the pocket of the Virginia wind turbine company.
Back in Franklin and Clinton Counties, people are still filing grievances with local government officials about the turbines that have been going up over the last decade. “The turbines have interfered with people’s lives in this town,” said Chad Garrow, a resident of Churubusco. “I am for clean energy but I am not for destroying people’s lives in the pursuit of it,” he said.
The Niagara County Legislature unanimously went on record Tuesday against the construction of wind turbines in Somerset ...The Somerset controversy stems from Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Va., proposing to erect about 70 wind turbines, each as much as 600 feet tall, in the Route 18 corridor near the Lake Ontario shore.
The PSC informed the developer in a July 15 letter that it will need to make several revisions before submitting a preliminary scoping statement for the project — the next step in the review process. Calling Hudson’s plan “inadequate in several areas,” the letter states that the developer’s proposed study area for the project should be expanded to include more municipalities that would be affected by the view of the wind farm.
The higher-capacity units have longer turbine blades but shorter towers, so the maximum height at the blade tip would be only six feet higher — from 492 to 498 feet — than the older model, Mr. Damon said.