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But the push for more renewable energy has encountered considerable headwinds from opponents who claim upstate's scenic beauty is being sacrificed for downstate energy needs. Aesthetics is just one of a several issues opponents have raised to fight what they deem as blights on the landscape. Some residents are waging vigorous fights opposing turbines, saying the structures sited in the shadow of their homes will depress property values, one of a host of other concerns. And they're claiming some victories.
Over strong objections by two local members, the New York Siting Board approved a 124-megawatt wind turbine project in eastern Broome County. In giving the go-ahead, the board also rejected a newly adopted Town of Sanford zoning law that placed severe restrictions on the project, labeling it "overly burdensome."
Alle-Catt Wind Farm opponents spent the weekend addressing envelopes to Invenergy leaseholders pointing out plans to scale back the number of turbines in the 340-megawatt project spanning five towns. The letters being sent out by members of Farmersville United and Freedom United say as many as 46 of the 117 turbines in Freedom, Farmersville, Rushford, Centerville and Arcade “would be completely eliminated.”
Ever notice how many of the wind turbines on the old Bethlehem Steel property along Lake Erie don't rotate, even on windy days? Now we know why. The company that manufactured parts for the turbines went bankrupt, and the owner of the turbines in Lackawanna and Hamburg can't get replacement parts.
Owners of the 14 turbine Steel Winds project located on a portion of the former Bethlehem Steel property are planning to upgrade the 328-foot tall wind power generators including installation of new 116-foot long blades.
Alle-Catt opponents were elected in three towns on Tuesday: Farmersville, Freedom and Rushford. Farmersville and Freedom elected majorities of candidates who are opposed to the wind farm due to setback issues, shadow flicker and infrasound concerns. The 2018 Freedom wind law was struck down in state Supreme Court in Cattaraugus County ...The new wind laws increased the maximum height of the turbines from 450 to 600 feet at Invenergy’s request.
A coalition of local organizations opposed to the 106-square mile Alle-Catt wind farm proposal took majorities on two host towns and the supervisor’s position in a third host town in Tuesday’s elections. ...As a result of Tuesday night’s vote count, members of project opponents Freedom United and Farmersville United became the majority on their town boards.
PORTLAND — Motorists driving along Route 20 are beginning to see lawn signs regarding a divisive issue that has become highly talked about in this town: the prospect of wind turbines. This is far from anything new to the north county region.
Susan Baldwin, a longtime Villenova resident told a story of trying to call 911 three times in a row, to report an accident outside her home. According to her, calls kept dropping. In the end she explained that it took 40 minutes for police to arrive on scene, luckily, the victim was alright for the most part she added. Baldwin stated that when she questioned the police on the issue they, according to her, claim that calls get dropped all the time due to cell service. Following the reveal of this information Baldwin traveled to Verizon on Tuesday and was told “we had an inservice with the turbine people two years ago and they said that they’re going to put the turbines directly away, positioning for your house to not get missed and dropped calls. They are constant.”
At the end, the opposition won, with the town board voting 4-0, with one abstention, to enact a stay on wind turbine development pending a town study to measure the potential impacts on "public health, safety and welfare, as well as other resources of the Town of Sanford." The moratorium lasts at least 90 days for the planning board-initiated review. The moratorium also prohibits erecting new meteorological towers by the sponsor to measure wind speed.
Atlantic Wind, a subsidiary of developer Avangrid Renewables, plans to erect 25 wind turbines for its 101.4-megawatt project in the towns of Pinckney and Harrisburg. Before construction can begin, however, the developer must earn a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need from the state through its Article 10 review process.
On Wednesday, one of the motions was in opposition to construct wind turbine farms on Lake Erie. ...“We’re not interested and you’re not welcome here,” Bankoski said to any company who would like to build a wind turbine farm on Lake Erie. Six other legislators also spoke supporting the resolution stating reasons.
Town officials are again reviewing plans for a proposed wind tower farm. On Wednesday, members of the Villenova Town Board agreed to reinstate the state environmental quality review process for Ball Hill Wind, unless the court decision is reversed on appeal.
A stall gives the town's planning board time to assess the impact of a pending 27-tower green energy project planned for Sanford and Windsor in eastern Broome County. A final assessment could be delivered by September, planning board members said. Twenty-three turbines will be sited in Sanford, with four planned for Windsor.
Alle-Catt Wind Farm opponents cheered Tuesday’s primary victories in Farmersville and Freedom, convinced the winds had shifted in their favor. The leaders of both Farmersville United and Freedom United, groups formed over concerns by Invenergy’s plan to build more than 100 wind turbines up to 600 feet tall in Farmersville, Freedom, Centerville, Rushford and Arcade called the primary results a game-changer.
FREEDOM, N.Y. – “If you think I’m not doing this for the Town of Freedom, you’re dead wrong,” Supervisor Randy Lester told those present at the board’s June 17 meeting. “My wife and I have a vested interest in Freedom. I own three properties here.”
A Town of Guilford board meeting discussing a proposed windmill project was held at the town garage Wednesday to accommodate the more than 80 local residents who turned out to share concerns over it. At a heated moment in last night’s meeting town board members attempted to end the ongoing public comments. Several in the audience stood to object, some shouted.
An attorney representing opponents to the Alle-Catt Wind Farm said Tuesday the developer violated the state Attorney General’s Code of Conduct in failing to publicize potential conflicts of interest among municipal officials and their relatives with wind contracts. Ginger Schroder, an attorney from Farmersville who represents residents opposed to the proposed 600-foot wind turbines, said Invenergy was fined $25,000 for violating the Code of Conduct which is designed to prevent “even the appearance of conflicts of interests.”
They are already too tall to ignore in Arkwright. Villenova’s turbines will someday sky even higher while the towns of Charlotte and Hanover will soon be having additional towers erected for the wind-energy business.
Invenergy issued a statement Thursday, saying, “The application submission begins a one-year public hearing comment period, during which time the New York State Siting Board will review the completed application and associated testimony and all public comments. Dates for the public hearings will be confirmed in the coming weeks.”