New York wind developments 8/22

Hammond (St. Lawrence County) wind ordinance

Councilmen conflict described in the Watertown Daily Times:

Two town councilmen won’t vote on a proposed wind farm ordinance, because they’ve signed contracts to lease their own land to a wind developer.

Orleans (Jefferson County) wind ordinance

Residents seek increased regulation, as reported in Watertown Daily Times:

Residents continue to push for tighter restrictions on wind turbine placement through amendments to the town’s zoning law.

Jiminy Peak ski resort (Massachusetts)

This is not strictly speaking a New York story, but with a chill in the upstate air of late, this InformationWeek story on the success of a single turbine at a popular destination for New York ski enthusiasts seems worth a mention. With New York’s recent net metering expansion legislation being enacted, one would expect to see businesses and farms in New York begin to enter the distributed energy sector like this ski resort successfully has:

Jiminy Peak, a western Mass. mountain resort, marked the one year anniversary on August 15 of flipping the switch and connecting its 1.5 megawatt GE wind turbine to the grid. The turbine, nicknamed Zephyr, is now generating a full third of the ski resort’s power. But getting there wasn’t exactly a breeze.

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