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The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency met this week at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator in Dunkirk for a deviation hearing on the Arkwright Summit Wind Farm LLC, ready to receive comments from representatives of the taxing jurisdictions on the company's requested abatement of real property taxes with respect to the project facility.
Hudson Energy Development has sold its development rights for the Galloo Island wind project to Apex Clean Energy, a much larger renewable-energy company in Charlottesville, Va. The takeover comes after Hudson, of Albany, spent roughly two years developing the 31-tower, 102.3-megawatt project that calls for 575-foot-tall turbines on the island in the town of Hounsfield.
Energy production has picked up at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert, but not enough to allow the plant’s owners — who include Google and Oakland-based BrightSource Energy — to avoid the risk of defaulting on their contracts to deliver electricity to Pacific Gas & Electric. Majority owner and plant manager NRG Energy said in its most recent quarterly report that it won’t be able to deliver the electricity promised in its power purchase agreements with PG&E. The agreements cover output from two of Ivanpah’s three units.
For the better part of four decades Bourne Town Counsel Robert Troy has had a direct hand in guiding Bourne’s legal affairs and he is not known for tilting at windmills. Now Troy is inching forward with a board of health request that he seek a civil injunction in Barnstable Superior Court to stop construction of the controversial Future Generation Wind turbines in Head of the Bay at South Plymouth.
"There are health effects, there are environmental effects, there are wildlife effects, we're right in the water shed of the Great Lakes," said John Riggi, Save Ontario Shores president. "And you have these machines so close to people they just don't belong in this area and they don't belong near people period."
Two Apex Clean Energy representatives approached the Clay County Board of Supervisors last week to discuss the company's proposed Upland Prairie Wind project.
Donley said at any time during or after the construction he feels his or his family’s life is being negatively impacted by the wind farm, he will take legal action. “If there were to be any collateral damage to myself, my property or my family, I would take things to the fullest extent of law and pursue legal matters,” Donley said.
The group, Save Ontario Shores, has denounced the Lighthouse Wind project because it would industrialize a largely rural area, disrupt traffic, kill too many birds and bats and cause annoying and arguably harmful visual and audio effects.
Members of the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals came to a consensus on Monday, November 30, to deny appeals relating to Wind 2, one of two town-owned wind turbines on Blacksmith Shop Road. The board will discuss a draft decision and possibly vote on the matter at its meeting next Thursday, December 10.
ARKWRIGHT - A gust of good news has apparently developed for a town working on securing wind energy for more than a decade.
The project originally had been located 2 miles north of Tioga. It was moved to 4 miles away after city officials voiced concerns about the future growth of the city to the north being impacted by a wind farm that close. Tioga City Commission President Drake McClelland said he appreciated the project being moved further north but expressed concern it could still impact future city growth to the north, which is where single-family housing would work best.
The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved health officials’ request to seek legal action to stop the construction of four wind turbines just over the town line in South Plymouth because of the potential adverse effects on Bourne residents’ health.
A Spanish energy company that wants to build a commercial wind project in Windham and Grafton says it will respect the outcome of a still-unscheduled public vote on the project.
Maintenance issues have plagued the project over the last few years. Today, the owners are faced with repair costs of up to $100,000 to keep the turbines in operation.
A Fortune 500 Canadian energy company recently bought a long-delayed Grant County wind farm, paying $200 million for the project, which they hope will be up and running in a year. Enbridge, a Calgary, Alberta-based pipeline and energy company, announced Wednesday that it bought the New Creek Wind Project and plans to have the 49-turbine farm in operation in December 2016.
The Virginia-based company, through its subsidiary Lighthouse Wind, on Monday formally filed its preliminary scoping statement to the state’s Public Service Commission for a proposed 201-megawatt wind turbine network in Yates and Somerset.
The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust notified town manager Julian M. Suso Tuesday that the entirety of the town’s loan on Wind 2 is still outstanding, and the town will have to pay interest as well as the principal, if it ceases operation of Wind 2.