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Town board under fire

While most residents at the Tuesday public hearing on wind developer Ecogen's lawsuit confined themselves to comments on the project, others were critical of wind-related actions of the past and current town board members. During the hearing, a number of residents claimed action on the Ecogen project by the previous board was based on tainted information, with those board members opting to ignore expert advice on the negative effect of wind turbines.
8 Mar 2010

Courts to decide wind farm fight

The Prattsburgh Town Board will face wind developer Ecogen in court, despite divided public opinion about that decision. The board voted 4-1 in favor of court action Tuesday night after a special meeting held by the new town board to gauge residents' reaction to a lawsuit filed by wind developer Ecogen.
8 Mar 2010

Westfield residents give input on wind farm project

Town of Westfield residents can now let their opinions, views and questions be heard on the proposed wind farm which may be built in Westfield and surrounding communities. At a special meeting held Feb. 24, board members approved two resolutions, one officially opening the public's review of the project's draft environmental impact statement and another setting a public hearing on the document.
6 Mar 2010

Commission opposing wind power project meets tonight in Pulaski

The Joint Commission for the Preservation of Lake Ontario Communities will meet tonight to combat the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) proposal to construct an offshore wind project in the eastern basin of Lake Ontario. The commission, composed of nine members from the community and area government officials, encourages the public to come to the meeting to discuss the issue at 7 p.m., at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, in Pulaski.
5 Mar 2010

Local groups respond to state's plan for closing Knox Farm

Thousands of people use Knox Farm State Park. There are those who use it for simple pleasures like walking, or cross-country skiing, birdwatching or having a picnic. Many others depend on the land and services available; some groups even have several thousand dollars invested in future functions at the park, and so news that the park could be closed by the state in a few weeks has caused some people to start scrambling.
5 Mar 2010

The answer is not blowing in the wind

Here in upstate New York it would be difficult not to notice the forests of steel, concrete and whirling blades that are materializing over vast stretches of land, often replacing forests of wood, leaves and wildlife. And so the war continues between "green" technology and the green earth. Numerous pro and con articles have appeared debating the many aspects of power produced by windmills, but even those who object to windmills concur that the power produced by them is truly "clean" energy. As a biologist and an environmentalist, I disagree.
3 Mar 2010

Niagara County demands fair bidding on wind power

The Niagara County Legislature, fearful that the fix is in on a billion-dollar Great Lakes wind power project, unanimously called Tuesday on the State Power Authority to conduct a fair bidding process. The resolution grew out of an incident at a Power Authority event Wednesday in Buffalo, where D. Patrick Curley, an authority trustee from Orchard Park, said he was "looking forward to the offshore initiative in Lake Erie."
3 Mar 2010

Acciona updates conflicts

The developer of St. Lawrence Wind Farm has released a revised list of town officials who have land contracts with the developer. Acciona Wind Energy USA LLC, which has proposed the 53-turbine, 79.5-megawatt project, included the amount town officials or their relatives with contracts had been paid through Aug. 19, 2009.
2 Mar 2010

Roaring Brook PILOT talks to resume

Local municipal officials next month plan to resume stalled talks with a developer concerning a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement on the proposed 39-turbine Roaring Brook Wind Farm. "I think you're going to see this go," said Martinsburg Town Supervisor Terry J. Thisse. "I just don't know if it will happen this year."
2 Mar 2010

May still the goal for Howard wind farm

May 2010 is supposed to mark the start of wind turbines being erected in the Town of Howard, and that's still the goal, according to those close to the project. "EverPower hopes to construct the project this year and we are working with the Town of Howard and Steuben County to meet their requirements for construction."
1 Mar 2010

Legislators move to oppose wind project

The possibility of an offshore wind project being developed in Oswego County came under fire during Tuesday's meeting of the county Legislature's Economic Development and Planning Committee. The committee passed a resolution in opposition of the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) proposal to provide incentives for a private entity to construct wind towers in Lake Ontario's eastern basin.
1 Mar 2010

Offshore wind tower project sparks debate

Two members of the Oswego County Legislature's Economic Development and Planning Committee opposed moving a resolution to the full floor in opposition of an offshore wind tower project proposed by the New York Power Authority. NYPA has issued a request for proposals for the construction, siting and operation of wind turbine facilities in Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario's eastern basin that would include inland transmission lines. The project is said to be the first freshwater offshore wind project in the nation.
27 Feb 2010

Legislators to consider Lake Ontario wind tower resolution

Members of the Oswego County Legislature's Economic Development and Tourism Committee will consider a resolution in opposition of the New York Power Authority's plan to provide incentives for erecting wind towers in Lake Ontario's eastern basin. NYPA has issued a request for proposals for the construction, siting and operation of wind turbine facilities in Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario's eastern basin that would include inland transmission lines.
20 Feb 2010

County presses Sullivan college over wind turbine deal

College President Dr. Mamie Howard-Golladay said the college is trying to recover the money in a lawsuit against Atlantic Energy Solutions Inc., which college officials say didn't deliver on its promise to install a wind turbine in back of the college, despite being paid $1.5 million for the project.
20 Feb 2010

Municipalities countersue wind farm

Maple Ridge Wind Farm municipalities are countersuing the wind company, claiming it is in default for failure to make its full annual payment in December. ...asks the judge to dismiss the complaint, declare that Flat Rock was not entitled to make a lesser payment and is, therefore, in default of its 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement and order the payment of $6.7 million plus interest, penalties and legal fees.
18 Feb 2010

Wind-energy opponents share ideas

Jones, speaking to a crowd of about 125 people who gathered Tuesday at a Citizen Power Alliance conference in South Bristol, Ontario County, then recounted his town's seven-year row with a wind-energy company that has sought to stud the hills of southern Italy with 410-foot-high electricity generating wind turbines.
17 Feb 2010
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