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Initial proponent Upstate NY Power Corp., a Pattern Energy subsidiary, had received state approval for an 84-turbine 254MW project. However its transmission line application was cancelled in 2013 and the project was shelved.
From Fredonia to North Collins to Orchard Park, from Newstead to Wilson, wind turbines are popping up throughout the region, and some towns are scrambling to come up with rules to govern their use.
Several changes in the ownership of a company that wants to erect wind turbines in northeastern Franklin County have left local officials wondering if the approvals process will need to go back to the beginning.
Developers with plans for a large-scale power plant in Jessup have gone to great lengths to show they can be good neighbors in Lackawanna County. Whether Invenergy LLC can keep its word depends on whom you ask in other municipalities where it has facilities.
The project is expected to be built in the Route 18 corridor in Somerset and the neighboring Orleans County Town of Yates, although Apex has yet to file a scoping document that will include the exact locations. Once that document is filed, the state law says, the town and residents are given a 21-day public comment period. That’s completely inadequate, in the board’s view, so it passed a resolution demanding that the Public Service Commission extend the comment period to 90 days.
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. Sprawling industrial wind factories have totally divided communities, which is already apparent in towns across New York State and the country. It is the job of good government to foresee and prevent this kind of civil discord – not to promote it.
The move came as town officials prepare to meet again with Horizon officials to discuss the revival of the long-dormant project. Jericho Rise was first proposed over a decade ago, but little was done since 2009, when Houston-based Horizon put the project on hold.
Our opinion: Some IDAs fail to hold businesses accountable for the promises they make to obtain tax breaks. This is not supposed to be a public gamble.
At the public hearing tonight, neighbors were able to ask questions and raise concerns about the potential consequences of building a wind farm. Some of the main concerns were health related, concerns for wild life like birds and bats, and the decrease in value of property close to the turbines.
Residents cheered the unanimous decision Monday night by the Clarence Zoning Board to deny a request by owners of Thompson Brothers Greenhouse, who wanted to put up a 133 foot wind turbine like this one that was allowed to go up on a more rural road in Clarence.
Speakers representing a Virginia company looking to bring an industrial wind energy project to Niagara and Orleans counties, and of the citizens alliance opposed to the proposal, will take part in a panel discussion at Genesee Community College’s Medina campus.
According to Town Code Enforcement Officer James Crowell, the proposal does not comply with the town’s requirements for height and for the set back of construction from buildings. Two of the 50 kilowatt towers are 171 feet tall and would be higher than the town’s limit of 165 feet. The town also requires that the towers be at least 1,200 feet from dwellings.
Several hundred residents turned out Wednesday at Barker Fire Hall to hear representatives from the New York State Public Service Commission explain the Article 10 Siting Board as it relates to a proposed wind farm along the shores of Lake Ontario.
A state appellate court has unanimously reversed a lower court’s ruling that the town of Hounsfield must pay a Watertown law firm $160,615 in legal fees related to the defunct Galloo Island Wind Farm development. Friday’s ruling by the state Appellate Division, Fourth Department, sends the matter back to state Supreme Court, where it had been determined in January 2014 that the town owed the money to Schwerzmann & Wise PC.
Representatives from Environmental Design & Research and EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc. were on hand Tuesday at the Pine Valley Veterans Association VFW to field the community's questions regarding the Cassadaga Wind Project.
Lawrence previously told The Evening Tribune that a 10-kilowatt turbine installed on a 140-foot tower would produce 14,509 kilowatt hours of energy, which would qualify him for a $39,509 installation grant. "The grant will not be funded at all for an 80-foot tower," Lawrence said.
Some town residents and business owners are readying for what they think could become another fight against wind power. The prospect of a wind farm on Galloo Island in the town of Hounsfield — about 6 miles from the closest mainland at Stony Point in Henderson — has provoked a response from people in the area who believe there are compelling reasons to oppose building turbines there.
The chief of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency said he expects a tax break for a wind farm proposed on Galloo Island would be approved without controversy. But the county Board of Legislators probably would reject such a proposal, contends Scott A. Gray, a county legislator who also sits on the JCIDA board. “My personal head count of the board is that there wouldn’t be enough support,” said Mr. Gray.
A developer who plans to revive the long-dead Galloo Island Wind Farm project wants to seek a tax break, and the chief of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency doesn’t expect the proposal to be as controversial as the previous one.
Mechanic liens now totaling $2.1 million, as of Feb. 15, have been filed against the property of landowners in Vermillion, Illinois, who signed lease contracts for the wind factory that APEX built there.