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Reunion offers free power to Cherry Valley

Reunion Power was expected to announce late Wednesday afternoon that it has upped the ante by offering to further subsidize the electricity cost for residents in the town and village of Cherry Valley. East Hill Wind Farm LLC is working with NYSEG Solutions in an effort that will result in the proposed East Hill Wind Farm providing electricity via NYSEG Solutions directly to participating homes in Cherry Valley for 20 years, according to a press release from East Hill Wind Farm LLC. David Little, vice president of development for Reunion Power, stated, “Working cooperatively with the community is extremely important and this agreement would bring one of the many benefits of the wind farm directly to every home in the town and village.”
1 Dec 2006

Reunion: CV electric bills to drop with wind

If Reunion Power’s proposed East Hill Wind Farm is built, the firm said it is willing to reduce all residential electric bills in the town of Cherry Valley by about 50 percent for the next 20 years. Company officials and James DiStefano of NYSEG Solutions unveiled the proposal Wednesday night at a forum held at the Cherry Valley Community Center. David Little, Reunion’s project manager, outlined the offer, which he said is unique in New York state. ``People have asked us if we could help with their electric bills," he said, "and we want to do that."
30 Nov 2006

Reunion Offers $2,000 Apiece To Windmill-Farm Neighbors

Reunion Power is expanding the circle of landowners that would directly benefit from 24 turbines it plans on East Hill, offering a “meaningful” sum, not just to hosts, but to “more than two dozen” people whose properties are around the project, according to company Vice President David Little. “I have received a number of calls from folks who are taking an interest in this,” he said. “I’m actually very pleased with the response I’ve gotten so far.” “They’re hedging their bets just in case the ordinance passes,” said Andy Minnig of Advocates for Cherry Valley. One landowner was offered $2,000, according to Minnig, but Little declined to confirm that number, although he did say it is a flat amount, not based on the amount of acreage involved.
24 Nov 2006

Wrong facts on wind farm

Mr. Yeoman criticizes my assertion about property values because, “real estate personnel…near Paw Paw have found no effect on property values.” I stated that a study was, “skewed because many of the wind farms were near communities that were already economically depressed, where property values could go no lower…” Certainly, that is true of an agricultural community like Paw Paw, where the crops grown determine the value of property, and not the potential for future residential development.
22 Nov 2006

The bills we’ll pay

So why is this higher mandate likely to hike your bills? Because when government creates an artificial market by fiat, shortages almost always follow (of turbines for wind power, for example), thus boosting the mandate’s cost. For that matter, if all forms of renewable energy could compete on their own, they wouldn’t need a mandate in the first place.
22 Nov 2006

Windfall from wind farms drops

Rural Columbia River Gorge counties saw plenty of dollar signs when wind farm developers began erecting turbines in their breezy, rural backyards. The investments slapped tens of millions of dollars onto sagging tax rolls and promised to revive budgets for services such as schools, health care and economic development. But the anticipated windfall has suddenly lost some of its heft. A state-level change in the way the projects are valued has worked to pull down assessments, and, in turn, has wiped out hundreds of thousands of property tax dollars that county officials had hoped to pencil into future budgets. “This is very serious for our counties and our taxing districts,” Judge Laura Pryor of Gilliam County wrote in an e-mail newsletter to rural colleagues. “What we have all thought of as an industry of benefit, may not be of much benefit. They don’t provide any jobs and now they may not provide much revenue either!”
17 Nov 2006

Strapped Missouri farmers seek salvation from wind farms

KING CITY, Mo. - When one of northwest Missouri's leading employers decided to shutter a nearby manufacturing plant and ship 220 jobs to Mexico, the move was only the latest economic blow to a region accustomed to bad news. From a steadily dwindling population to the well-documented decline of family farms, hard times have been the norm all too often in the cluster of Missouri counties along the Nebraska and Iowa borders. Then came promises of economic salvation - or at least a step in the right direction - in the unlikely guise of a sharp-dressed St. Louis lawyer and scion of the one of the state's most prominent political families. His remedy was simple: look up to the sky. Farmers who once relied upon hogs or soybeans to make ends meet are now harvesting wind energy. By next year, more than 100 towering turbines are expected to rise above the skyline in Atchison, Gentry and Nodaway counties, generating enough electricity to power 45,000 homes across the state as part of Missouri's first set of commercial wind farms.
1 Nov 2006

Risky Renewable Business

Five years ago, when developers applied for a federal permit to build the world’s largest offshore wind-energy project off the Cape Cod coast, a widely held presumption was that the project ought to go forward because wind power is inherently good and that Nantucket Sound was as good a place as any to begin the off-shore renewable energy movement. But the Cape Wind project hasn’t moved forward and remains mired in controversy as evidence piles up that its developers chose perhaps the worst location. So, instead of leading the renewable energy movement into the future, Cape Wind may be imperiling that very movement by ignoring legitimate and serious flaws in its project.
24 Oct 2006

Wind parks to generate PILOT revenue in 2007

PLATTSBURGH — With wind farms due to break ground in Clinton County, there's a lot of money riding on the breeze. But when will the biggest bucks start flowing? The Town of Altona has already banked $68,000 in host-community cash from Noble Environmental Power — that's $1,000 for each wind turbine the company intends to erect in its Altona Wind Park there. That agreement includes $3,000 per tower, as well, said Town Supervisor Larry Ross, which won't be affected by construction delays Noble is experiencing of late. "I believe that's January 1st," Ross said. The towns of Clinton and Ellenburg have those same deals with the wind-energy developer.
19 Oct 2006

County tax officials eye windmill windfall

If Luzerne County tax officials get their way, the new wind farm atop Bald Mountain will pump out more than half a million dollars in new tax revenue each year. The county last week mailed a bill with new assessments that equate to $133,660 in annual tax dollars for the county and $411,259 for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District from wind farm landowners Anthony and Lillian Lupas and Edward and Joyce Banaszek, said county assessor’s office director Tony Alu. But school and county leaders can’t bank the money yet because the taxation of wind farms is still somewhat uncharted territory and the property owners have 40 days to appeal to the county Board of Assessment Appeals, Alu said. He declined to say how the county calculated the Bald Mountain bill.
17 Oct 2006

Wind Power: Fans opposition with neighbors in state

In many ways, the atmosphere is like a gold rush. With the backing of an enthusiastic Rendell administration, wind-energy companies have quietly but aggressively been negotiating leases for land on mountaintops, especially in Bedford and Somerset counties. Several developers hope to build hundreds, if not thousands, of windmills on the ridge lines of west-central Pennsylvania. Typical wind turbines stand nearly 375 feet tall -- about 70 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty -- and can be seen from 15 to 20 miles away. Some people question whether development of wind energy on this scale is appropriate for Pennsylvania, even though wind often is touted as a renewable, nonpolluting way to generate electricity. Longtime residents of Somerset County, where the building is more advanced, say the construction and operation of turbines have damaged the environment. They say the development offers little in return from jobs or taxes. "It's not quite what they tell you in the brochure," Todd Hutzell of Rockwood said.
1 Oct 2006

Trump on boardwalk

Trump has partnered with Bethpage caterer Steve Carl to create Trump on the Ocean, a $40-million upscale catering hall and restaurant on Jones Beach's boardwalk. They will announce the deal this afternoon...... The ballrooms and lobby will feature Atlantic Ocean views - and Trump said he wants them unobstructed, strongly objecting to the proposal for a 40-turbine wind farm three and a half miles off the beach's coast. "I think it's terrible," Trump said, adding that he thought solar and wave energy were better alternatives. "If they want to destroy Jones Beach and the entire Long Island shore, then I think they should build a wind farm."
14 Sep 2006

Don’t scuttle tourism effort

If supervisors believe a tourist trail can be successful despite an wind plant along its path, they surely must be confident they can make that argument in court, or during the SCC’s review. Delaying a decision simply because of the fear it will be used against them makes little sense on the face of it. The board should take up this request again soon, before Highland earns a reputation for being closed to regional efforts. This county cannot afford to work alone and miss these kinds of opportunities.
7 Sep 2006

Supes delay decision - It’s a matter of timing

MONTEREY — “Now is not the time,” said Highland County supervisor Jerry Rexrode in response to a request for money and a letter of support for a feasibility study to establish a tourist trail in the Alleghany Highlands. “Maybe six months from now and I would support it,” he said. At Tuesday night’s supervisors’ meeting, the trail idea concerned officials because of pending litigation faced by the county. Rexrode said he does not oppose tourism or money spent to enhance tourism in Highland, but repeated it was the wrong time to commit to the project.
7 Sep 2006

Couple in Howard Denied Request to Have A Statement on Windfarms Read into Minutes of Meeting

Eric and Kyle Hosmer of Howard address the Howard Town Board meeting Wednesday night and asked that a letter they read to the board be placed in the official minutes. The request was denied for the time being. As a courtesy, we are printing portions of that letter here.Editor's Note: The complete letter follows.
11 May 2006
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