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WASHINGTON – The coal-fired Somerset Power Station's 600-foot smokestack on the Lake Ontario shoreline in Niagara County could be joined in the next couple of years by several dozen wind turbines feeding electricity into the same transmission line.
Town officials say the developer who led the Maple Ridge wind project in Lewis County plans to revive the Galloo Island Wind Farm proposal scrapped by Upstate NY Power Corp., but his plan calls for an underwater transmission route and fewer turbines than the original version.
After a lengthy discussion regarding the issue, Hartsville Town Supervisor Mike Muhleisen and the Town Board Wednesday night decided to table a decision on a small wind turbine generator.
Town officials last week discussed the possibility of creating regulations that would govern the siting of wind towers in the town. There are presently no announced plans to establish a wind farm in Burke, although Horizon Wind Energy of Texas recently announced plans to revive plans for the long-dormant Jericho Rise wind farm in the neighboring towns of Chateaugay and Bellmont.
You might have asked yourself this question if you often pass by one of those new wind turbines at the local New York State Thruway exits: What's taking so long for them to start spinning?
While no one openly criticized the project, some attendees were more tight-lipped, indicating they needed more information before fully “jumping on board.” “We’re hopeful … but this is not a done deal,” Sheen said. “If this is a mile-long race, we’re at the starting lane.”
Construction on a proposed Hornell-Hartsville wind farm could begin in 2016 with commercial operations underway in 2017 ..."We completed our Avian impact studies and got, not an all clear, but a pretty all clear, on eagles and northern long-eared bats. We also did a study on the FAA, which is important in this area due to the airport. The airport is going to limit (us) a little bit."
Lawmakers say the change of heart comes after learning that under "Article 10," the state could override any local law, including a ban, if it's deemed unnecessary.
Verbiage that should send up the red flag on wind leases for massive industrial-scale turbines on your real estate includes the fact that the landowner allows the wind corporation to “go over, under through and across” leased land — oftentimes for a period of 40 years, with the Big Wind LLC having the right of renewal on those leases. Many believe this also jeopardizes mineral rights of the property under contract. ...Another hard-to-decipher clause, usually toward the end of the wind lease contract, states that the Big Wind LLC, at their discretion, can alter any condition of the contract. WOW! Really?!? You might as well just hand the deed over now!
"The disadvantage of offshore wind is the cost. Offshore wind has been supported for a number of years by an investment tax credit. That credit has expired. "We strongly believe that the authority's electric customers ought not to bear the risk of Congress not renewing the investment tax credit," he said.
The Long Island Power Authority Board of Trustees on Wednesday morning decided not to move forward with a proposed offshore wind farm 30 miles off the coast of Montauk as part of an overall plan to develop more renewable energy projects.
That action came after close to eight years of legal battles with the town and Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County, a community group that opposed the project. The board’s action in September occurred three months after the New York State Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by EverPower against the planning board.
A long dormant wind project in Franklin County, N.Y., might come back to life. The proposed Jericho Rise Wind Farm recently won part of an award of $206 million from NYSERDA, the New York State energy agency. If EDP Renewables, the wind energy firm developing the project, gets the go-ahead, about 37 new wind turbines would come to the North Country in 2017.
Just two months ago, the Town of Catlin in Chemung County was considering a law that would regulate energy companies who want to build wind farms in town. Now some neighbors are hoping for a local law that would instead ban wind farms entirely.
After two heated public hearings and 267 signatures, wind turbines will not be coming to the Town of Catlin. Florida-Based NextEra Energy Resources had its sights set on the small community but may have to start looking elsewhere.
A proposed Chautauqua County wind farm is among four clean-energy projects to receive a portion of $206 million in state funding as New York creates a more diverse renewable energy portfolio.
Monday’s meeting starts a five-month public outreach period required by the state’s electrical generation siting rules. Wilson said the process of completing environmental quality reviews would take at least another one to three years, with construction running an additional nine months.
The first commercial-scale wind farm in the East to be owned by local investors is out scouting for those investors. Recruiters with Black Oak Wind Farm, a $40 million wind turbine farm to be built about 10 miles west of Ithaca, will be at the New York Wine & Culinary Center Thursday, Oct. 10 to give a presentation and information.
Catlin officials delayed a vote Thursday evening on a local law that would allow a clean-energy company to erect at least 30 wind turbines in the town due to a state glitch that could override it.
Collins, who lives on the outskirts of the Town of Catlin, said she worries about what a proposed wind farm could do to the area. She said an issue as important as this should go on the November ballot as a public referendum.