Towns’ regulation of wind in New York

From recent press reports:

Oneida-based Empire State Wind Energy discusses potential wind energy project in Town of Alfred (Allegany County). Evening Tribune, 11/18

The Town of Berne (Albany County) is considering a wind development moratorium. Albany Times Union 11/19

Town of Farmersville (Cattaraugus County) updates wind regulations, eliminates moratorium. The Town has reportedly been approached by Noble Environmental Power to site a 67-turbine facility. Buffalo News, 11/18 But Noble’s projects in the towns of Farmersville and Freedom (Cattaraugus County) may be delayed by economic climate. Buffalo News, 11/20

At a community forum in Irondequoit, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo indicated that his office was looking into concerns regarding the manner in which a local wind law in the Town of Hamlin was passed. Rochester City Paper, 11/19

Herkimer County Legislature defines what it wants from PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreements from wind developers. Utica Observer-Dispatch, 11/18; Herkimer Telegram, 11/18

New New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and CEO Richard Kessel met with Buffalo area leaders to discuss plans to bolster the upstate economy:

To do so, NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Kessel said, would include use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transmitting hydropower from Canada, which then would be redistributed. ‘Nothing is more important than transmission, it’s the name of the game,’ Kessel said, adding, ‘New York state is like a human body with arteries and veins, with nothing connected to the heart.’ Buffalo News, 11/17.

See also Lockport Journal, 11/20

Local wind projects impact New York towns

Recent news articles describe some of the challenges faced by New York towns in the context of industrial wind development.

Article describing the significant development of wind projects in Wyoming County. Buffalo News, 10/26.

The hill towns in Albany County confront projects proposed by Shell Wind Energy. Albany Times Union, 10/26.

Residents of Monroe County, when polled, overwhelmingly support wind development. Democrat and Chronicle, 10/26