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Cuomo cracks down on wind-farm ethics violations

Sixteen companies comprising more than 90 percent of New York's wind-energy industry have signed a ethics code designed to prevent conflicts of interest between companies and municipal officials, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today. ...there have been "significant issues about conflict of interest, etc." in the siting of turbines, and a lack of clarity with government officials on what the rules are, he said.
29 Jul 2009

Wind turbines proposed for lake; Shoals of Main Duck Island could house 142 turbines; site 22 miles from Cape Vincent

The shoals off Main Duck Island, on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario, may host an offshore wind power project. Trillium Wind Power Corp., Toronto, is proposing a 142-turbine project in the shoals southwest of the island to produce up to 710 megawatts of power. "We purposefully went out on the water and chose this unique site because of its attributes," said John Kourtoff, CEO of Trillium Wind.
29 Jul 2009

Moratorium on wind development a good idea for Cape Vincent

Petitions are being circulated in the town of Cape Vincent calling for a one-year town-wide moratorium on any wind farm development. The petition is calling on the Cape Vincent town officials to enact such a moratorium to thoroughly examine wind farm zoning regulations appropriate for the health, safety and welfare of all the residents of the community as well as the aesthetic impacts to the town and 1000 Islands region.
28 Jul 2009

NY Wind Energy Code of Conduct Agreement

Windcode_july_2009_thumb This code of ethics developed by the NY attorney general aims to encourage more honest and open conduct by wind energy companies and their employees. While this voluntary code is signed by the wind company, it also impacts municipal officials in terms of their conduct, required disclosure and similar requirements on their family members. The first section of the code is presented below. The full document can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
22 Jul 2009

Italy wind farm suit decision delayed

A decision on the Article 78 suit over wind farm proposals in Italy will not come until August. ...The case stems from EcoGen LLC's application to build 18 wind turbines in Italy. The Finger Lakes Preservation Association, an unincorporated group of local residents, named the Italy Town Board and wind developer EcoGen LLC in the Article 78 suit, which alleges that the town violated the Open Meetings Law and the state environmental review process.
22 Jul 2009

Scaled-down Perry wind farm project mitigates concerns

The document outlines changes to the project representing a scaled-down version of what was originally proposed four years ago by Horizon Wind Energy. The new project would include 38 turbines in Perry and Covington, instead of the 60 turbines originally proposed. It would be rated to generate up to 79.8 megawatts instead of the original 120 megawatts.
16 Jul 2009

County continues to be targeted for wind power transmission lines

Officials from northern Oswego County continue to work with representatives from Upstate NY Power Corp. in regard to placing transmission lines through the northern part of the county that would originate on Galloo Island located in the Jefferson County Town of Hounsfield. ...So far, the involved parties have been meeting via conference calls, Leemann said.
15 Jul 2009

Planned wind farm session criticized as biased

Thousand Islands High School will host a wind information session next week ...The session, called "Life in a Wind Farm," will have three speakers from the region who are living on wind farms. It is billed as an opportunity for people to learn the pros and cons of what it's like after the wind farm has been built.
11 Jul 2009

Tossed to the wind; Noble drops its area easements

Noble Environmental Power says tough economic times has made it necessary for the company to release a number of easement agreements between the wind energy company and local landowners. Twenty-two "releases were filed at the Franklin County Clerk's Office between April 17 and July 8.
10 Jul 2009

Decision on tunnel scheme may come before wind farm

Meridian Energy Ltd could have a decision from the Environment Court on its new Waitaki River power scheme before its Project Hayes wind farm. Judge Jon Jackson, with commissioners, heard both Environment Court appeals on Project Hayes on the Lammermoor Range and the north bank tunnel concept power scheme on the Waitaki River between the Waitaki dam and Stonewall.
10 Jul 2009

Wind turbines create false storms on radar; Specious thunderstorm appear near Plattsburgh

Every day, all day, weather radar shows a small but intense thunderstorm northwest of Plattsburgh, N.Y. Further to the west, in central New York, where much of Vermont's weather comes from ...But these daily storms are not real. They're an unintended side effect of the wind farms cropping up on windy plateaus and mountains all over the nation.
6 Jul 2009

Schumer to FERC: No more NYRI extensions

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to grant no more extensions to NYRI, a group of investors who want to build an electrical transmission line from Oneida to Orange counties. In April, New York Regional Interconnect Inc. withdrew its application to the state's Public Service Commission to build a $2.1 billion power line ...NYRI has asked FERC to review its case, trying to keep the project alive.
3 Jul 2009

Morristown wind group eyes landowner protection

The Morristown Wind Energy Committee is looking at ways to protect landowners from wind power companies that default on taxes. The committee met Wednesday to discuss including a section in its proposed wind law that separates a half-acre parcel for each wind turbine to protect landowners from losing their entire properties if a wind company fails to pay its taxes. The committee suggested surveying the individual parcels and deeding each piece separately.
28 Jun 2009

Continue anti-NYRI struggle

The line _ intended to provide more electrical power to New York City _ would not only have marred large tracts of upstate landscape and had a deleterious effect upon the environment, but would actually have raised electricity rates for those of us who live near where the line would have been built. After a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruling went against NYRI in March, it withdrew its application ...On June 9, NYRI requested a time extension to file comments with FERC to appeal its ruling. The firm has until July 9 to provide additional comments.
25 Jun 2009

Wind farms interfering with Doppler radar

Maple Ridge Wind Farm is one of several farms in the state causing problems for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Buffalo. Maple Ridge in Martinsburg, Harrisburg and Lowville has created interference for the service's Doppler radar in Montague. "It does pose a problem for the immediate Tug Hill area," said David A. Zaff, meteorologist for the service. "The biggest problem is during a severe weather event."
24 Jun 2009

NYRI won't quit

New York Regional Interconnect Inc. is seeking help from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revive plans for a large electrical transmission line from Marcy in Oneida County to New Windsor in Orange County. In two years of meetings and hearings, the proposed line was condemned by most local residents, officials and activists, who deemed it unnecessary, too expensive, and a threat to health and property values.
23 Jun 2009

State retirement fund invests in Sheldon wind farm

The state Comptroller's Office is apparently viewing the High Sheldon Wind Farm as a good investment. The New York State Common Retirement Fund has invested $15 million in the project that became operational in March, officials announced Monday. ...But though High Sheldon has its supporters, the project has also generated numerous complaints from some residents.
23 Jun 2009

Cohocton to receive $635,000 for roads as part of settlement with First Wind

After a month of negotiation, Cohocton town officials are expecting a settlement with wind developer First Wind to the tune of $635,000. The Cohocton town board gave a tentative OK to the agreement to fix up town roads damaged by construction equipment at Monday night's board meeting, but there are a few minor issues left to iron out, said town Supervisor Jack Zigenfus.
16 Jun 2009
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