New York wind energy: Albany County, Farmersville

Shell Wind Energy potentially in Towns of New Scotland and Rensselaerville (Albany County)

The weekly Altamont Enterprise (10/2) reports [as does the Schenectady Daily Gazette 10/7 and the Albany Times Union (10/7)] on apparent plans by Shell Wind Energy to develop two 25-turbine sites in Albany County not far from the Helderberg Escarpment:

Shell Oil and Cinco Energy Land Services are looking to build commercial wind farms on both state and private land in Rensselaerville and New Scotland.

Representatives have been approaching residents about leasing their properties. Shell has been tight-lipped about the project’s details, and neither town has zoning regulating the building of windmills.

Part of this project involves building on the Partridge Run State Wildlife Management Area in the Helderbergs…

Farmersville (Cattaraugus County) may enact moratorium

Buffalo News (10/5) reports on a wind development moratorium being considered by the Town of Farmersville

The Farmersville Town Board will meet in a special session at 7 p. m. Monday to discuss the possibility of placing a moratorium on permits for wind-energy generating facilities.

Officials also canceled a public hearing Wednesday on a proposal to increase wind project application fees and amended the town’s law regulating wind farms…

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