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Mark Twichell, DDS, of Fredonia has reached out to Mark Geise, CEO of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, to ask him to repeal the approved PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement for the Ball Hill wind project. ...Twichell expressed his concern that wind company RES’ proposal to use larger machines constitutes a different project than that which was originally negotiated.
“I think the board would have to take a sincere look at the whole project to see if it were truly wanted at the local level,” Wiktor said. “It’s an issue the IDA will have to face. It’s going to come down to what do they hear in terms of local support and opposition.” With Article 10, a project could be approved with limited or no local support.
The payments from Maple Ridge will decline, and the payments from proposed future projects — Number Three, Deer River and Copenhagen — will not come close to matching the revenue from the county’s first wind project. The county should quickly tell Avangrid that its first PILOT will be its last, and that Lewis County won’t continue to subsidize its healthy profits.
MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature approved a resolution requesting the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency not to approve further PILOT agreements for wind energy projects larger than five megawatts rated-capacity Wednesday night.
During last night’s voting session, the legislature unanimously approved, by a vote of 17 to 0, a resolution requesting that the county Industrial Development Agency not approve further tax agreements for wind energy projects that produce more than 5 megawatts of power.
While Mr. Gray said he would like full taxation for the full assessment from developer Avangrid Renewables in a potential payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for its Lewis County project’s transmission line, which will run through the town of Rodman, he said he would bring a proposal to the Legislature that would mirror the PILOT agreement for the Copenhagen Wind Farm.
If NYSERDA stops paying Noble incentives, Noble’s income will decrease and could directly affect the Town of Eagle. The funding that Eagle receives annually from Noble as a part of the host agreement is percentage based, so if Noble loses income, so will Eagle and the residents of Eagle with turbines on their properties.
“(Apex Clean Energy) has asked the JCIDA to table our PILOT application for the moment,” Mr. Habig said in an email. “Much has been reported on Fort Drum concerns in recent days. We feel it is appropriate to give the parties an opportunity to digest the facts and reach informed and considered conclusions regarding potential base impact before engaging in PILOT discussions.”
Hopkinton Town Supervisor Susan Wood says a banner placed on a float in the Hopkinton-Fort-Jackson parade Aug. 5 that claimed “Windmills = 50% Cut in Land Taxes for Hopkinton” was not based on facts.
Under the policy, the county Legislature requires any payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement for wind energy production projects with a rated capacity of 25 Megawatts or more to be equal to the property tax payments the county would have received in the absence of exemptions.
Mr. Perkins said lawmakers need to conduct more research before creating a countywide policy that could impact all 32 towns, not just Parishville and Hopkinton where developers have proposed building North Ridge Industrial Wind Farm.
WATERTOWN — County economic development officials are preparing for a potential review of Apex Clean Energy’s payment-in-lieu-of-taxes application by the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency.
Plus, when the new subsidies are combined with existing federal cash, the amount in subsidies NextEra and Invenergy will be collecting will exceed the prevailing wholesale price of electricity in the state by nearly $13 per megawatt-hour.
While nuclear power is left to sink or swim in New England's competitive power market, New York last week approved a clean energy standard that calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030 and financial subsidies to keep three Upstate nuclear power plants in business.
The agreement calls for the towns to share payments of $4,000 per megawatt per year — approximately $310,000 — with Franklin County and the Chateaugay Central School District.
The county Legislature passed a resolution saying any alternative energy sources larger than 25 megawatts won't receive any tax breaks from the county. Chairman Scott Gray says the benefits to the community just aren't there.
He says Apex Clean Energy wants a 75 percent tax break for its proposed project on Galloo Island in Hounsfield. Now, county lawmakers are on the verge of a policy that says no tax deals at all for Apex or any other big wind or solar developer.
The proposal by the state Department of Public Service stipulates Exelon's 597-MW Ginna reactor in Ontario, New York, and the 640-MW Nine Mile Point-1 and 1,205-MW Nine Mile Point-2 units in Oswego, as well as Entergy's 849-MW FitzPatrick in Oswego, would be eligible to receive payments via a zero-emissions credit, or ZEC, from state electricity retailers.
The Somerset Town Board decided this week to take advantage of a provision in state law that allows local governments to prevent property tax exemptions for wind power projects.
"Our town, school and county have a decidedly mixed experience with PILOTs, as have many across the state,” resident Randy Atwater said. “We know that our community does not want this project, but if we lose the battle and the project proceeds, I'd prefer the project be taxed on the full value of the installation.”