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LYONS — The town and the village both plan to pursue zoning laws to regulate where and how wind farms and windmills could operate.
I have been an unabashed critic of large scale industrial development for Cherry Valley from the very beginning. The experience of working on two very sophisticated planning documents made me believe that the large footprint turbines bring to the town will do irreversible damage to Cherry Valley’s future.
ALTONA -- Altona Town Council didn't vote last week on the proposed local law that would allow companies to apply to build wind-energy projects.
Tonight, a public hearing in Altona invites comment on a proposed wind-energy law there, which would regulate such projects as one Noble Environmental Power wants to build.
That the towns have accepted applications doesn't mean the wind farms will be built, Spitzer emphasized. "This is just the very first step. The towns won't make decisions for many, many months. "In no way is this indication of approval of the project."
Reunion's announcement comes just ahead of a call for a state-wide moratorium on siting wind turbines from Otsego 2000, an environmental advocacy organization based in Cooperstown.
The legislature needs to be involved in the RPS process. It is a crime to raise hundreds of millions of dollars and then fritter it away on projects that in the end will not reduce emissions.
VAN HORNESVILLE - The towns of Stark and Warren have arranged for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets to present an informational program on windmills Dec. 19, exploring the pros and cons of wind turbine projects as they relate to the impact on agricultural land.
Bath | A proposed wind farm in Prattsburgh cleared a major hurdle Thursday after the Steuben County Indus-trial Development Agency approved a final environmental statement on the project.
As more private wind farm developers intensify efforts to find suitable sites for their projects, more communities are faced with the dilemma of what to do about them.
Some local leaders think Wayne County’s wind-swept drumlins could be used to manage high energy costs.
PERU — Peru officials have approved a one-year moratorium on allowing windmills to be constructed within town limits. Town Council members unanimously approved the ban, citing the need to study the issue before making any more-permanent zoning decisions.
The Declaratory Judgment action...asks the court to nullify Sheldon's Wind Energy Law as inconsistent with the town's Comprehensive Plan. The lawsuit also claims that the Sheldon Town Board exceeded its lawful authority by granting itself, rather than the Town's Zoning Board of Appeals, the "sole and absolute discretion" to grant variances relating to set-back requirements, noise levels, and the total number of wind towers allowed.
Commercial wind turbines are gigantic machines that distort natural light, sound and space. Their impacts are constant, making them oppressive when situated too near to homes and the places where we live.
So what are the true contributions of the wind industry? We have electricity that is too expensive to solve any real energy issues, and very little of it besides. We have little, if any, emissions reduction. We have the destruction of pristine landscapes and waterfronts all over the world due to the careless placement of massive, inefficient wind turbines… (a phenomenon that is just beginning to frighteningly snowball here in the U.S), and we have a big money making scheme for those who can afford to cash in. We also have one more thing… the deterioration in the quality of life for those unfortunate enough to find themselves and their neighborhoods targets of the uncaring developers who bully their way into communities and into people’s lives.