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BETHLEHEM - The Port of Albany's proposed $350 million wind tower assembly facility in Glenmont – one of the most significant renewable energy economic development projects in Capital Region history – will get an in-depth environmental review from the town of Bethlehem, as expected for a project of such a size and scope.
Two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions — including one ruling establishing Amish religious freedom — could figure in arguments before the Appellate Division’s Fourth Department of State Supreme Court next month involving the proposed Alle-Catt Wind Farm.
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.
LOWVILLE — Trees are being cleared in the town of Harrisburg to make way for the next wind farm in Lewis County, Invenergy's Number Three Wind, LLC.
Wind turbines near Interstate 90 that sit unused and inoperable are just one reason state Sen. George Borrello wants the state Department of Environmental Conservation to take more time on renewable energy proposals.
Hundreds of jobs will be created at new facility at Albany port, Cuomo says ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the Port of Albany would become the country's first wind tower assembly site.
The last two tri-county area wind farm projects in the Article 10 siting process — both with significant public opposition — have been withdrawn from the process.
The President of the Seneca Nation of Indians is asking the solar developer behind the Horseshoe solar array in Caledonia and Rush to “cease and desist” all activity so it can investigate whether a bone recovered during an archaeological investigation survey is human.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
The wind farm construction has been on hold for the last two weeks because a construction worker, who is from Texas, tested positive for COVID-19.
Apex Clean Energy last week removed its last meteorological tower on Lower Lake Road in Somerset, which Supervisor Jeffrey M. Dewart said is further evidence that the Lighthouse Wind project is dead. In a news release Wednesday, Dewart urged the company to make it official by removing the project from the state's approval process.