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In this region, wind is on the minds of many people — some of whom crave it as a source of power and others who revile it for the aesthetic or biological harm they fear from it.
As federal officials convene the first public meetings here today and tomorrow to study the impact of proposed wind turbines off the South Shore, the short and turbulent history of gatherings on the topic portends a festival of spirited debate.
The battle over wind turbines in Cherry Valley is heating up, with the developer, Reunion Power, of Manchester, Vt., proposing to reduce electricity bills in the town and opponents calling for an 18-month moratorium on wind projects.
140 wind turbines are now up and spinning at the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lewis County, and it's only the beginning. Phase one is complete and they've already begun phase two. "And when we get complete with phase two, which is 55 more, we'll have a total of 195 wind turbines," said operations manager Scott Alexander.
The lawsuit - started in May - was initiated by James Hall, a Cohocton Wind Watch member, against the town board for issues involving Wind Mill Local Law No. 1. The law includes regulations for proposed wind farm development by UPC Wind Partner LLC.
Unfortunately, if LIPA and Florida Power and Light have their way and are able to get the Long Island Offshore Wind Park approved, the Jones Beach vistas you show will be changed forever. Instead of the ocean horizon, we will see an industrial power plant site with 40 tall wind turbines, flashing aviation warning lights, an enormous work platform with transformers, foghorns and work helicopters coming and going. All this a mere 3.5 miles off the beach.
In summary, large-scale wind machines are a bad idea for the Town of Warsaw but great for offshore and remote areas. Large machines greater than (say) 125 rotor diameter should be prohibited. The Town might consider policies to foster small-scale wind equipment, other small-scale "appropriate" energy technologies and energy efficiency. The proposed regulatory framework amounts to a slippery slope. Please don't go there.
CHERRY VALLEY - Reunion Power this week submitted a proposed tax package for the 24-turbine wind farm it hopes to develop three miles east of Cherry Valley on East Hill. The proposal comes one week after the Cherry Valley planning board recommended an 18-month moratorium on major development. If the moratorium is approved by the town board, it could stall the wind farm project.
The massive turbines, capable of generating 1.5 megawatts of electricity, will be used in projects in New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
It’s the question Town of Perry lawmakers had to face Monday night, should 60 giant wind turbines be set up in that Wyoming County town?
Reunion Power has proposed paying at least $300,000 a year in lieu of taxes if it is allowed to build 24 wind turbines in Cherry Valley.
The organization, a regional planning and development board in the Southern Tier, developed the wind energy local government support program in conjunction with the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority.
There was barely room to move at a special town meeting in Perry. At issue are wind farms and whether they are right for the town.
SILVER CREEK - A local law on wind energy sources was the topic of a public hearing Monday before the Hanover Town Board.
He expects the plan will reflect changing issues facing municipal officials. In the same way towns had to scurry about 10 years ago to address concerns over cell phone antenna towers, town officials today must prepare for new concerns, such as wind turbines and solar panels.
VAN HORNESVILLE - Voices from the community are being sought at a State Environmental Quality Review hearing on the proposed Jordanville Wind Power Project set for Thursday at Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville.
Supreme Court Judge Galloway has turned down the motion to dismiss and has scheduled that the action will be heard on the merits of the case.
After three Steuben County justices recused themselves from the case, the Article 78 proceeding being brought against the Town of Howard for its wind ordinance will be heard in Rochester.
ALBION — Moratoriums were the theme of the Orleans County Planning Board on Thursday night. Planners recommended approval for six-month moratoriums on wind energy development and mining operations in the Town of Shelby, as well as moratoriums on wind energy systems and high-density housing in the Town of Albion.
The Irish company that wants to build a 40 to 50 megawatt wind farm in northern Saratoga County is getting $120 million from GE Energy Financial Services and two other backers for a similar project in West Texas.