Wind energy developments in New York state

From the web and news sources:

Town of Almond examining project with Empire State Wind Energy. Hornell Evening Tribune 3/5. See also Canisteo Valley News, 3/3

Altona wind park turbine collapses. WPTZ 3/6, Press Republican 3/7. Noble Environmental Power 3/6 responses here and here.

Herkimer County hopeful of receiving benefits of renewable energy provisions of Obama stimulus package. Observer Dispatch 3/1

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation invites comment on Hounsfield wind farm (Galloo Island) draft environmental impact statement. The project, proposed by Upstate New York Power Corp. of West Seneca, N.Y., would consist of 84 wind turbine generators to produce 252 megawatts or less of electricity, located on Galloo Island approximately 12 miles west of Sackets Harbor. Written comments will be accepted through May 29. The DEC will hold a public hearing May 18 in Hounsfield. NYSDEC 3/5

Morristown seeks additional information to draft wind law. Watertown Daily Times 3/6

NYISO releases Power Trends 2009 report:

The report notes that the bulk power grid is operating reliably and the wholesale electricity markets are attracting resources efficiently. … Yet, Power Trends 2009 reports several foreseeable risks to the economics and reliability of the system, including:

  • The impact of the global financial crisis on investment in new resources.
  • The short-term dampening of demand for electricity during the current recession may mask the need to address expected future growth.
  • The potentially competing effects of new environmental standards and the desire for lower electricity prices.
  • The state’s dependence on oil and natural gas to produce electricity, making it vulnerable to fuel price spikes and potentially threatening system reliability.
  • An aging fleet of power plants and transmission lines, causing potential environmental, price and reliability concerns. NYISO, 3/2

Town of Prattsburgh does not grant building permit to EcoGen; developer threatens suit. Corning Leader, 3/5

Spain (the country) sets record for contribution of wind to electricity generation mix: 40% at one point. Guardian (UK) 3/6

New York wind energy developments 7/30

Altona wind farm (7/24) reports on Horizon Wind’s project.

Cape Vincent wind farm

Watertown Daily Times (7/23) reports that BP Alternative Energy will present the siting of its 95-turbine wind project in Cape Vincent (Jefferson County).

Cattaraugus County discusses lawyer fees

The Buffalo News (7/21) reports that the county legislature is determining whether to spend $25,000 on lawyers fees to review and negotiate payment in lieu of taxes agreements with wind developers. More reports on 7/25.

Charlotte zoning includes wind provisions

Observer Today (7/27) reports on the Town of Charlotte (Chautauqua County) passing a zoning law including wind provisions.

Evans NY wind law on hold

Buffalo News (7/19) reports on decision of Evans (Erie County) Town Board to delay discussion of wind energy law affecting residential and commercial projects. More reports from The Sun (7/24).

Hanover wind law

Buffalo News (7/29) reports that the Hanover (Chautauqua County) Town Board approved a new wind law.

Hartsville wind project advances

The Evening Tribune (7/26) reports that E.On (successor to Airtricity) is moving ahead with a Hartsville (Steuben County) project of some 33 to 46 turbines.

Horse Creek Wind Farm

Watertown Daily Times (7/24) reports on concerns raised by residents of the Town of Clayton (Jefferson County) regarding potential water contamination.

Iberdrola-Energy East

Albany Times Union (7/25) reports that Iberdrola requested July 14 that the New York Public Service hold a special meeting to vote on Iberdrola’s proposed acquisition of Energy East.

Portland PILOT and wind law

The Observer (7/21) reports on developments in the Town of Portland (Chautauqua County) relating to a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement. Separately, the Observer (7/21) reported on the presentation to the Town Board of a proposed wind law.

Richmondville ZBA approves extension permit for met tower

The Schenectady Daily Gazette (7/23) reports that the Town of Richmondville (Schoharie County)  Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to approve a one-year extension of the permit allowing Reunion Power to site a meteorological tower in the Town.

Ripley-Westfield wind farm draft scope available

The draft environmental scoping document for the Ripley-Westfield (Chautauqua County) Wind Farm is available here. The Westfield Republican (7/24) reports that comments on same are due by August 8.

Tompkins County wind developments

Ithaca Journal (7/28) reports on multiple zoning initiatives, in Enfield, Ithaca and Newfield (6 month moratorium)

Wind siting challenges across NYS

The Press & Sun Bulletin (7/24) describes a variety of local projects and potential conflicts of interest.