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Orleans County’s representative on an Article X siting board for the Lighthouse Wind project remains a mystery, but their locally-nominated colleague has been changed to someone well-versed in the battles over wind energy. Cathi Orr found out late last week she — and not Randall Atwater as previously reported — has been appointed by State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan as one of two locally-nominated members of the siting board.
However, residents of Enfield, where the wind farm is planned, objected, saying they have health and safety concerns that have not been addressed. Mimi Mehaffey, of Bostwick Road, said she lives in an earth-berm passive solar house. “Not a day goes by that I don’t wonder what more I could be doing to avert the doom of climate change,” she said. “[But] the health and safety issues with the wind farm are real. Slow down this process, and site the turbines correctly. Please allow the Enfield Town Board to work without interference.”
With Apex's reputation in other wind projects prompting thoughts of snake oil salesmen, the Town of Somerset is right to do its due diligence to protect the natural environment, residents' health, safety, welfare and property values, and the town's own comprehensive plan. ...The biggest insult is that out-of-state Apex LLC tried to intimidate the Somerset Town Board with a veiled suggestion of a lawsuit.
The original language resolved, "That the Tompkins County Legislature supports the development of the Black Oak Wind Farm Project without further delay." The "without further delay" was changed to "in a timely manner," to reaffirm that project was Enfield's decision and that the legislature was not trying to push the project forward without allowing the town time to do its due diligence.
Over 180 residents of Enfield have signed a petition asking the town to amend its laws regarding wind turbine noise levels, and to delay the project until these issues are addressed. “The residents who live where this project is being built are asking the Town of Enfield to pause long enough to review the law that was passed seven years ago.
The 54-page proposed law restricts any wind energy systems from being built in residential or business districts or within the boundaries of the town's local waterfront revitalization program. The revised law was created with the help of an ad hoc committee that included town officials and residents appointed by the town and Apex. ...Taylor Quarles, development manger for Apex Clean Energy, said the amended law is effectively a ban on wind energy in the town.
Two zoning amendments for the town of Somerset – including an updated wind energy conservation system law – were approved at Monday’s Niagara County Planning Board meeting.
Somerset Town Supervisor Daniel M. Engert’s proposed new law regulating wind power developments would require companies to pay property owners reimbursements if their property values fall because of the proximity of wind turbines. It also would require a company to pay for a baseline health study of town residents before the turbines go up, and limits the areas in which turbines could be built.
Supervisor Dan Engert presented a proposed local law Wednesday that would amend the Somerset town zoning code regarding commercial and industrial wind energy conversion systems, such as those being proposed by Lighthouse Wind.
The project is said to be a 201-megawatt initiative, placing 58 to 70 wind turbines – which may be as tall as 620 feet in Somerset and neighboring Yates in Orleans County. The preliminary scoping statement was released for public comment on Nov. 23. The comment period continues through Jan. 6.
The Lewis County Planning Board on Thursday signed off on amended plans for the Copenhagen Wind Farm project that now features fewer, but slightly taller, towers. “The zoning is still the same,” county Planning Director Frank J. Pace said.
Under the new law, the Planning Board must approve or disapprove of wind turbines. It appears that Jablonski could get approval under the new law, but it provides for just one wind turbine per property. He then would have to go back to the Zoning Board to ask for a variance for the second one.
The Catlin Town Board unanimously passed tight regulations intended to be a de facto ban on commercial wind turbines Thursday, putting a large-scale wind project by Florida-based NextEra Energy in doubt
A public hearing is scheduled next month on a proposed law intended to give second thoughts to anyone who wants to build a wind turbine farm to generate energy in the Town of Catlin.
The town has no regulations governing “residential” wind turbines, town planner Drew Reilly said. This means that right now, such turbines are prohibited – but the board held the hearing to discuss proposed regulations for them.
After a contentious public hearing last week, the Town Board voted Tuesday to adopt a local law establishing regulations for the development of wind turbines in the town.
Town Supervisor Fran Enjem said he expects the town board will discuss the ramifications of the decision in June. He also said he wants to strengthen the provisions in the community host agreement between the town and the developer. Enjem pointed out that he never signed that agreement.
Following a public hearing attended by 25 people, the Dix town board chose to not take action on the proposed wind farm regulations Monday, April 27. Residents from both inside and outside the town of Dix voiced their concerns, which ranged from health and wildlife impacts to property values and setbacks.
A set of regulations for residential wind power facilities in the Town of Pendleton won the approval of the Niagara County Planning Board Monday, with the recommendation that the town adopt a noise ordinance to go along with it.
It calls for wind companies to post bonds to cover any decrease in residents’ property values from having turbines near their land. It would also make the companies liable for medical bills caused by health impacts such as noise exposure and shadow flicker, a strobe-like effect created by spinning turbine blades said to cause seizures and other issues.