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The recent fiasco surrounding the location of the Oct. 2 Apex Lighthouse Wind “forum” is another in a series of instances that demonstrate the lack of credibility surrounding Apex Lighthouse Wind operations.
The project has met intense opposition from some local residents. Common complaints are that the towers would sully the towns’ rural character, depress property values and pose a threat to human health and migrating birds.
“Everyone is concerned about 600-foot turbines on Galloo Island ... It’s the destruction of this pristine island with over 400 deer, pheasants, turkeys and eagles,” she said. “I do believe in alternative energy, but not those wind monsters because educated people understand that wind energy is not the answer.”
All of this is why the siting board should reject the Apex application and ensure no subsequent applicants with any connection to Apex be allowed to reapply. ...if the lie over Galloo is allowed to stand, it will be a sign to every wind developer, and especially Apex, that the siting process under Article 10 of Public Service Law is a mere formality on the way to a rubber-stamp approval.
SINCLAIRVILLE– In January 2018, the New York Board on Generation Siting and the Environment, granted Cassadaga Wind, LLC, an approval to construct and operate a 126MW wind-powered facility in the towns of Arkwright, Charlotte, Cherry Creek and Stockton in Chautauqua County.
A group of independent parties to the Galloo Island Wind application before the state Board on Electric Generating Siting and the Environment have requested that Apex Clean Energy’s project be denied outright and the application process ceased because, they claim, Apex lied on multiple documents and applications relating to the project. ...To allow Apex to simply edit-out the lies and cleanse their documents sends a terrible message to the public — you can lie, cheat, and get caught in the Article 10 process with little inconvenience or penalty."
The board approved a resolution supporting the county in their effort to block Invenergy from being able to participate in PILOT programs. The ultimate decision is up the the county’s IDA. Schroder believes that if Invenergy is forced to pay full taxes, they may look elsewhere for their project.
The sooner these leases are terminated, the sooner our communities can begin to heal. To all other communities -- beware of the false promises of these multi-million dollar solar and wind energy companies -- they are not in the business of helping us, only themselves.
The Alle-Catt Wind Farm in northern Cattaraugus and Allegany counties could end up costing more than the lease payments, host fees and P.I.L.O.T.s highlighted by the developer, according to an attorney for wind farm opponents.
A crowd of about 150 people were at the 3 p.m. public hearing on the Galloo Island wind project held Tuesday before members of the state siting board at the Henderson Fire Department community room.
SACKETS HARBOR — Hounsfield town officials and the developer behind the Galloo Island Wind project have teamed up to host support rallies Tuesday before state information and public statement forums.
The next decision regarding the Ball Hill wind project lies with the town board of Hanover, who must also have a supermajority board approval to pass the amendments to their six proposed turbines. In the words of one crowd member, “This isn’t over.”
Just a few years after the New York State Thruway Authority spent about $5 million on five turbines, four of them stand dormant. And a spokesperson indicated the Thruway Authority does not know when they will become operational again. ..."We're working with the manufacturer to get replacement parts," Givner said.
Councilwoman Sarah LoMonto currently has a lease agreement with RES, and has recused herself from the voting process. Recently, multiple individuals came to Villenova resident Tina Graziano, whose husband, Angelo, is a former Villenova councilman. They expressed to Graziano their concern that Councilman Nathan Palmer has a conflict of interest, as his wife’s parents and her sister have lease agreements with RES.
The winds are rising for three north country wind farms as the developers who have pushed them through the pipeline for years make the final strides toward their completion.
BARRE – Recent town meetings have included many outspoken critics of a proposed wind energy project in the Town of Barre.
Schroder especially wants to see emails from the company after the town board initially agreed to drop the decibel level (dBA) from 50 to 42 at a June work session on revising the town’s existing wind law. Last week, the board reverted to the 50 dBA level, but increased distance to most residences to 1,800 feet.
The Town Council once again tabled any major revisions to its tentative wind law Monday so it could absorb additional information from the developer behind the Mad River Wind Farm. “Get some answers. Do some research,” said Supervisor Tanya M. Yerdon. “We care about this project; we care about our residents, so let’s do this right.”
The proposed changes include increasing the height of the turbines from 568 feet to a maximum height of 599 feet, which will also result in increased setbacks, the removal of one of the substations (a significant source of noise) and 5.7 to 5.8 miles of overhead lines being buried at a depth of approximately four feet, which would require the addition of three parcels of land to the project.
VILLENOVA — When it comes to wind turbines, bigger is better, at least according to Mark Lyons, project manager for the Ball Hill wind energy project.