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Should the Adirondack Park be used for large solar projects?

The Adirondack Park isn’t widely known for farming, but almost 104,000 of its 6 million acres are in agricultural districts. Much of that is in the Champlain Valley, where sunny fields spread out between dark mountains to the west and sparkling Lake Champlain waters to the east. In that expanse, solar panels are fast becoming the trendy new cash crop. Because of their potential to change the region’s views, its wildlife habitat and its way of life, some are calling for comprehensive planning on where they're being planted.
26 Sep 2021

Trustees say Ørsted ‘reneging’ on agreement for wind farm lease

The Trustees say that they have demanded that Ørsted delay the cable installation, slated to begin in early 2023, in order to complete a second spring season worth of fish migration surveys. The company has said it will wait to “energize” the cable until after the spring 2023 fishery surveys are conducted, but cannot put off the start of cable installation between the wind farm site south of Block Island and Wainscott. “They were told directly at the time that this would be a deal breaker,” Trustees Clerk Francis Bock said on Monday morning. 
24 Aug 2021

Long Island, downstate must pay for bulk of $1.5B wind-farm upgrades, state says

LIPA argues that ratepayers statewide will benefit from the grid upgrades on Long Island and in New York City, so the costs should be shared equally across the state. But the state Public Service Commission says the lion's share of the cost should be borne by ratepayers in the "energy-congested" regions such as Long Island and New York City that are receiving the upgrade and who it says will benefit more from higher-capacity power lines and other enhancements.
3 May 2021

Wind energy hub project in Cortlandt withdrawn by developers

“With the challenges of Zoom meetings and lack of in-person workshops, the ability to communicate this were limited. However, out of our overwhelming respect for the local community, and in consideration of the invaluable perspectives shared with our team, we will suspend our efforts at this time.” ...The developers had filed an application for an amendment to the Zoning Code by the Town Board since no provisions currently exist for a wind port.
20 Oct 2020

Clifton Park residents oppose solar array

Wilson, who is an attorney, also argued that a solar array can only be allowed in a conservation-residential zoned neighborhood like theirs under a special use permit. She argues the plan violates the town’s open space requirement and conflicts with the town codes conservation principles. She also said there is no landscaping plan for Hubbs Road side of the array.
20 Oct 2020

Senecas mobilize rally against Horseshoe Solar

Since the land is technically outside of the current reservation’s jurisdiction, this legal contention creates challenges for preserving their ancestors’ memories. “We’re kind of helpless because it’s off the reservation, but then this technically should be our land along with the other reservations based on the treaty rights,” he claimed. Within the earth that comprises of the Canawaugus territory, it bears great significance to the Seneca Nation.
12 Oct 2020

Supporters and foes of Greene County solar farm speak out

COXSACKIE — Almost half of the electricity from a proposed 400-acre solar farm here is under contract to go to Connecticut. That was one of the arguments by opponents of the Hecate Greene County Solar Facility during a virtual public statement session on the plan Tuesday before the state Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment.
30 Sep 2020

Alle-Catt wind project reaffirmed by state siting board

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment Board Friday reaffirmed its approval of Alle-Catt Wind Energy LLC to build and operate a wind farm in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Wyoming counties. The Siting Board’s decision to deny petitions for rehearing follows a determination that the wind farm meets or exceeds all siting requirements.
25 Sep 2020

New York proposes rules to speed renewable projects, but local control, other issues could be contentious

Renewables advocates are celebrating the proposed regulations and attorneys say they will almost certainly speed up the existing process. But there are likely to be debates over specific requirements, and in some ways the rules remain similar to the current regime, which is set out under Article 10 of the state's Public Service Law — and has not been updated in almost a decade.
18 Sep 2020

NY wind farm wants $21M tax break for 2 permanent jobs

The sponsor of 124 megawatt wind turbine installation in eastern Broome County has applied for a 30-year, $21 million property tax reduction in return for two permanent jobs. ...During the application process many of these numbers have been kept under wraps by developers, who claimed they were proprietary. The application for the tax abatement is the first detailed public disclosure of the financials driving the deal.
15 Sep 2020

As New York pushes green energy, localities bristle at loss of control

"I think it takes even more rights away from the communities than the little bit that they had," said Newfane Supervisor Timothy R. Horanburg, whose town is included in the site of a proposed 2,000-acre solar project. "Just because public comments are allowed doesn't mean they're going to be taken into consideration," said Pamela Atwater, head of Save Ontario Shores, a citizen group that battled a wind power project in Somerset and Yates for five years.
5 Sep 2020

The US and climate: New York’s bold green plans hit opposition

The state’s ambitious goals to cut emissions are being slowed by a tortuous planning process Jeanne and John Morelli have long grasped the benefits of renewable energy. A geothermal heat pump warms their house in the woods. Solar panels are fastened to the roof of their barn. Mr Morelli, an emeritus professor of environmental engineering, designed his first device to capture the sun’s rays in the 1970s and he still teaches a course on corporate social responsibility. “The climate crisis, I have no doubt that it’s coming,” he says.
2 Sep 2020

Union workers picketing Cassadaga wind project sites

On Tuesday and Wednesday morning, a group of 30 workers were picketing on sites that include North Hill Road where parts for the towers and blades for the major project were being delivered. The issue, according to union Business Manager Tom Halligan, is the lack of local workers being used in the project by Global Wind Services, which is based in the Netherlands.
2 Sep 2020

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