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The company’s Lighthouse Wind project has been bitterly opposed by many in Yates and Somerset, who said turbines over 600 feet in height were way out of scale with a rural community by the lake. Residents also have concerns the turbines would affect public health with noise and shadow flicker, and also negatively impact wildlife and property values.
The developers of a planned wind power project in Somerset and Yates informed town officials Wednesday night that they will not submit a formal application for state approval this year. Although Apex Clean Energy won't say so, Somerset Supervisor Daniel M. Engert said Thursday he believes the Lighthouse Wind project is dead.
The Burke Town Board voted Tuesday night to amend the town’s wind law to allow wind turbines of up to 725 feet in height. The change was passed with three votes in favor, with two members of the Town Board — Town Supervisor Bill Wood and Councilman Arnold Lobdell — recusing themselves from the wind law vote due to a conflict of interest.
Nearby residents opposed to a proposed wind farm in Eastern Broome County are stepping up their efforts to have their voices heard. They've formed a group called Broome County Concerned Residents and have developed a long list of objections to the Bluestone Wind Farm Project planned for portions of the Towns of Sanford and Windsor.
The NYLCV joins a growing list of "environmental" and "conservation" groups, overwhelmingly centered in urban areas like New York City and Albany, who arrogantly believe they know better than rural New Yorkers how best to help build a more sustainable future. This latest "report" claims that if only rural, upstate New Yorkers were more educated, then we would understand that industrial-scale wind and solar are the only answers to climate change challenges. How nice it is for these organizations to have so much to preach to upstate rural communities from the comforts of their urban ivory towers that will never feel the impact of large-scale industrial encroachment.
After concern arose from community members, Apex responded by cutting the number of turbines in half. But to do that without the rolling hills that help windfarms like the one in Wyoming County, Apex proposed building the tallest windmills the land can hold. The top of the blade span would rise beyond 650 feet.
The Land Trust believes Roaring Brook will have a negative impact on water quality, fishing, and recreation in general in the most untouched center, or core, of the Tug Hill forest, Mr. Quinn also raised questions about the specific impact the project will have on the new Tug Hill Traverse Trail. The trail is designed to go across the plateau and be the longest continuous hiking trail outside of the Adirondack Park in the state.
For the second time in less than a year, a developer has pulled the plug on its plan to site wind turbines in the north country. ...Residents need to know the positive difference they make when they object to wind projects. The fact that two firms have abandoned their proposals in Northern New York within the past eight months should encourage them to keep up the struggle.
Between 50 and 60 members of the public turned out on Wednesday for the hearing in the Silver Creek Central School auditorium, and approximately a dozen voiced their concerns about health and safety impacts, alleged inappropriate actions of the Villenova Town Board and effectiveness of the proposed project.
The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) closed bidding Thursday on the offshore wind power park, which it hopes will have a capacity of at least 800 megawatts of energy. It is expected that NYSERDA will select the winning bid in May.
The first rumblings of discontent were expressed Tuesday when state regulators opened its first round of hearings on a 33-tower wind farm proposed for eastern Broome County. Landowners were wary of reassurances given by project representatives that the 124-megawatt project would have minimal effect on property values and blend into the environment.
Invenergy officials admit that without payment in lieu of taxes (P.I.L.O.T.) agreements, the $455 million wind project will not happen. Even with subsidies the turbines could not produce enough power to pay full property taxes and make a profit for a developer. They point to the P.I.L.O.T. payments and host community fees for towns, counties and school district, as well as lease payments to landowners as reasons to support the project.
In order to be granted this certificate, Ball Hill Wind must provide the Public Service Commission with a description of the facility and “the manner in which the cost of such plant is to be financed, evidence that the proposed plant is in public interest and is economically feasible, and proof that the applicant is able to finance the project and render adequate service.”
A representation of what Galloo Island would look like if 400-foot wind towers had been built. The turbines on the island would have likely been about 600 feet tall, but the developer behind it has no intention of pursuing it further for the foreseeable future. Opposition leaders rejoiced when they heard another chapter in the saga of developing a wind farm on Galloo Island had come to a close, but wind farm supporters lamented the news.
“We continuously review our development assets to maintain the proper balance of risk and opportunity in our nationwide portfolio of development assets, and when adjustments are required we make them,” said Dahvi Wilson, vice president of public affairs for Apex.
Outside the meeting room, Schroder said the planning board’s action was “a signal to the (Farmersville) town board. They need to take a hard look at the local law and make changes in the interests of residents, not Invenergy.” Schroder added, “I hope they will look at protection for residents we’ve been asking for: A 3,000-foot setback from the property line, 40 dBA sound level and a 450-foot height.”
“As we continued to learn more about the proposed project and what was going on, there were just red flags that just kept coming up, and we just kind of kept looking further and seeing what was going on,” she said. ...Clear Skies Above Barre feels like Heritage Wind has not been acting in an ethnical manner, but Richardson said they need information they don’t have access to — all their leases are confidential.
Members of Farmersville United, the group opposed to the proposed Alle-Catt Wind Farm and others are wondering what happened to the Farmersville Town Board’s survey on proposed wind law changes. According to one town board member, the board has been briefed on the survey, which was mailed to town property owners in mid-December. They had to be returned or postmarked by Dec. 27.
The turbines were installed in 2013-2014 as part of a renewable energy program designed to generate enough power to save the authority as much as $420,000 a year on energy bills. The authority spent $500,000 on design and up to $4.8 million on installation. But the machines went offline between October 2017 and January 2018 because of mechanical issues. The suit alleges negligence, professional malpractice, breach of warranty and breach of contract.