ACE-NY 2010 Policy Agenda favors “one stop shop” for energy facility siting

Well, we brought you the New York State Towns Association’s legislative agenda, which calls for continued local control over wind and other energy facilities siting. Comes the policy agenda of the Alliance for Clean Energy, NY, which favors a state “one stop shop”, with local representation. The issue of (clean or otherwise) power plant siting oversight has been a constant irritant for municipalities, developers and utilities alike since the expiration of Article X some seven years ago.

ACE NY strongly supports the enactment of a law establishing a “one-stop shop” siting board for new power plants. We support a fuel neutral siting bill but believe that if any generation projects are provided with streamlined permitting, that priority should be provided for clean energy projects. Since clean energy generation sources should be the state’s preferred generation resources, they may warrant slightly different substantive and procedural treatment within a reenacted siting bill. A siting board would provide much-needed consistency in treatment of projects across the state; better interagency coordination of needed permit approvals; and clearer, streamlined time frames for all interested parties. ACE NY supports the inclusion of provisions for intervenor funding and inclusion of local representation on the board for specific project review, and is open to discussion as to the appropriate project size limit for inclusion in a new statewide siting law.

The policy agenda otherwise endorses more wind energy, including offshore.

Source: Final ACE NY Policy Agenda 2010.

“US Investment Flows to Offshore Wind” | Renewable Energy World

Interesting article on the current state of offshore wind projects in the U.S. Some discussion of New York efforts (e.g., NYPA, LIPA) as well as development in the Great Lakes.

For Rhode Island and other Atlantic states, offshore wind offers the promise of jobs that might otherwise go west. The eastern states have created aggressive, self-imposed mandates to deliver a percentage of their power from renewable energy, creating a strong market for wind power. But given their dense population, they have little room for utility-scale renewable energy unless it is offshore – or imported from other regions. What [Rhode Island Governor] Carcieri and the East Coast political leaders don’t want – and what they’ve made clear they fear – is development of a federally imposed super grid of high voltage transmission lines that would push land-based Midwestern wind power 1500 or more kilometers to the energy-hungry eastern seaboard. That scenario places the manufacturing jobs in the Midwestern states, not in their own backyard.

via Offshore Awakening: US Investment Flows to Offshore Wind | Renewable Energy World.

GLWC to identify best practices to accelerate wind power projects in Great Lakes

From Great Lakes Wind Collaborative Winter newsletter. New York is among those states looking to exploit the wind rich Great Lakes to generate electricity.  Nominate a “best practice” by sending an email to vpebbles@glc.org.

In fall 2009, the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative Commission was awarded $99,740 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program to identify and promote Best Practices to Accelerate Wind Power in the Great Lakes Region and Beyond. The project will identify and promote the policies and practices to increase market acceptance of wind across the region. The GLWC will partner with other regional organizations to ensure that best practices developed reaches those best positioned to use them in developing policy at the state and local level. Additionally, the project will coordinate with other groups that received awards under the same funding opportunity to ensure timely and effective delivery of products and services.

via Great Lakes Wind Collaborative Quarterly Update. See also discussion of New York Power Authority’s RFP.

Per NYPA, 11 firms plan Great Lakes wind farms | Democrat and Chronicle

According to reports, New York Power Authority’s Richard Kessel says that NYPA has received more interest in its Request for Proposals (RFP) for Great Lakes offshore wind than anticipated.

…[NYPA] hopes to promote construction of one or more wind farms in the waters of the two Great Lakes that border New York. The agency has said there is room for as many as 1,000 turbines in Lake Ontario and 1,200 in Lake Erie, though it doesn’t expect that many to be proposed.

Off the shoreline of Monroe County is one of four broad areas in Lake Ontario that the authority believes are suitable for turbine construction. The turbines likely would be 400 feet or more high and would be at least two miles offshore…

via 11 firms plan wind farms | Democrat and Chronicle. (3/24)

Hanover NY discusses offshore wind energy project | The Observer

Hanover Town Supervisor Katherine Tampio announced she received notice that a company – Lake Erie Wind LLC – has filed an application to acquire an underwater land lease from New York state at the town board meeting Monday. The request stems from the state’s push for an offshore wind farm.

Hanover discusses offshore wind energy project | The Observer. (3/23)

Windmills stir up a storm in Cape Vincent NY | News from The Post-Standard

Compelling article describing the conflicts that wind projects can potentially provoke in local communities.

“I really think that most of the people are trying to do just what they think is right. There’s a wide range of what people think is right,” said Gebo, the town attorney. “Wind has gotten to be emotional. It’s hard to have a logical discussion about it. It’s been a difficult struggle in Cape Vincent, for sure.”

Windmills stir up a storm in Cape Vincent | News from The Post-Standard –. (2/14)

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition 2010 Wind Energy Recommendations

A bi-partisan group of 29 state governors, among them New York State Governor David Paterson, released a set of recommendations to advance the potential of wind power. The recommendations are:

  • Adopt a Renewable Electricity Standard
  • Develop New Interstate Electric Transmission System Infrastructure as Needed to Provide Access to Premier Renewable Energy both On-Shore and Offshore
  • Support Coastal, Deep Water, Offshore Wind Energy Technology Research and Development
  • Streamline Permitting Processes for Both Offshore and On-Shore Wind Development Projects
  • Dramatically Expand Wind Research, Innovation, and Collaboration
  • Extend the Treasury Department Grant Program Created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Adopt a Long-Term Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) with Provisions to Broaden the Pool of Investors Eligible to Participate

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition 2010 Wind Energy Recommendations.