Articles filed under General from New York

Efficiency of wind turbines in question

Due to information from other countries that have wind turbines and that grid operators in some countries have stated that the electrical output of the wind turbines is almost the same as the electrical usage by the wind facilities, it is requested that studies be performed before further consideration of turbines for Ripley-Westfield by Pattern. (Reference the second largest grid operator in Germany.)
9 May 2010

Wind farm project delayed

The developer of the Galloo Island Wind Farm told north country contractors Friday he is pushing construction back a year, blaming a lawsuit the town of Henderson filed against the town of Hounsfield. "Upstate had hoped to start this year," said Robert W. Burgdorf, a representative of developer Upstate NY Power Corp. "But at this point, it's pretty clear, there are still permitting issues and a lawsuit with the town of Henderson."
8 May 2010

Anglers cool to wind farm in the lakes

State plans to lure a developer for a proposed wind farm off the shores of Lake Erie or Lake Ontario were greeted with skepticism by local anglers Thursday. About 200 people attended a meeting in Hamburg's Armor Fire Hall, where they heard a presentation on the Great Lakes Offshore Wind project first announced by New York Power Authority officials about a year ago.
7 May 2010

Session outlines changes to proposed Alabama wind farm

A public session was held Wednesday to discuss the changes made to the Alabama Ledge Wind Farm Project. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that studies the effect the wind turbines might have on the area has already been prepared, but since project developer Horizon LLC is proposing changes to the project, the Town Board has required the company to complete a supplemental DEIS.
7 May 2010

North wind farm market dries up

Four proposed wind farms in Jefferson County will never get off the drawing board unless they can find someone to buy their power. And the most likely buyer - the New York Power Authority - has refused to purchase any electricity generated by wind here.
7 May 2010

Windmill down; Fences up

One of the things that made leasing so attractive to farmers was that they could work the land virtually up to the base of the windmill towers. Now Sennott says compensatory agreements will be made for the loss of use of the cropland unavailable inside the 300-foot radius - about the height of each windmill - staked out around each turbine.
6 May 2010

Wind developers seek presence in Hammond

Cape Vincent will no longer be the only local town with a foreign wind company sales office in its presence. Industrial wind developer Iberdrola Renewables (aka Atlantic Wind, LLC) is eyeing an office on Main Street in Hammond in the hopes of becoming part of the fabric of this little town. ...Normally a town would welcome a new business with open arms, particularly given the present economy. Unfortunately this company comes with mixed reviews.
5 May 2010

Legislature OKs Roaring Brook PILOT

Lewis County legislators on Tuesday approved a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement on the proposed Roaring Brook Wind Farm that is expected to pay up to $24 million over 20 years. Legislators voted 8-0 in support of the proposed PILOT plan.
5 May 2010

Wind power project criticized

A public hearing for the Westfield-Ripley Wind Power Project will be held at Meeders Restaurant in Ripley, N.Y., on Tuesday at 7 p.m. This meeting concerns all of us. It concerns our land, our natural resources and our quality of life. If we don't protect these things by being informed and speaking out, no one else will.
3 May 2010

Orangeville: The sad realities of a town divided

The "divide and conquer" techniques that Big Wind salesmen have successfully used time and time again in their financially-motivated exploitation of our beautiful state and its citizens, were evident once again at Orangeville's March 25 public hearing on Invenergy's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Stony Creek industrial wind installation. Sadly, despite the fact that this is the biggest, most divisive issue to ever hit our area no local news media covered the hearing.
2 May 2010

PILOT proposed for new wind farm project

Local taxing jurisdictions are considering a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement on the proposed 39-turbine Roaring Brook Wind Farm ...However, given the recent legal wranglings over the last payment from the existing wind farm here, board members may choose to hold off.
1 May 2010

Panel readies wind law outline

A working draft of the town's wind energy law could be presented to the Town Council for review and approval as early as May 11. Seven representatives of the 10-member wind committee met Wednesday at the town hall for what may be the final time.
30 Apr 2010

LIPA wind project gets boost

Federal approval of a wind-powered energy facility off the coast of Cape Cod is adding new lift to a similar project proposed by the Long Island Power Authority. The $1 billion Cape Wind renewable energy project, the country's first, received approval from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last week, giving LIPA officials hope that additional wind projects will be approved soon.
29 Apr 2010

Legislature approves wind farm PILOT agreement

Having previously approved a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with Iberdrola Renewables subsidiary Atlantic Wind for the Hardscrabble wind farm project, the Herkimer County Legislature Wednesday voted to authorize the contract's execution. "We did not acquiesce on many of the things that the company wanted us to agree to ..."I am very proud of how this legislature stood up to what could be classified as bullying at times."
29 Apr 2010

Wind-turbine project on hold causes concern in Allegany

An EverPower Renewables wind-turbine project that has been put on hold in the community of Howard has caused concern for town of Allegany officials where a similar EverPower wind-turbine farm has been proposed. ...Pat Eaton, town of Allegany supervisor, said the current issue with the Howard project has caused some concern for town officials.
28 Apr 2010

Iberdrola Eyes Hammond Office

Though wind laws have not been approved in the towns of Hammond, Morristown, or Oswegatchie and the county clerk's office reports no new leases for hosting turbines, a spokesman for Iberdrola Renewables says an Iberdrola branch office may be opening in Hammond.
28 Apr 2010

Wind project developer holds meeting

While Westfield and Ripley residents will have the opportunity to discuss their feelings with their respective town boards regarding a proposed wind project, the project's developer decided they wanted to get into the action as well. Recently, representatives from Pattern Energy Group LP, the company developing the proposed wind farm, held a public meeting at Westfield Academy and Central School.
24 Apr 2010
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