Wind turbines on Staten Island in New York City?

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro aims to place seven 1.5 MW turbines on the site of the Fresh Kills landfill.

If we are serious about reducing pollution, promoting environmentally-friendly power, and reducing our dependence on foreign oil, which funds terrorism throughout the world, then we should support wind energy. We can start right here on Staten Island. Fresh Kills, one of the country’s worst ecological nightmares, is poised to become New York City’s first wind farm. It is the only site in the City that has been tested and proven suitable for a wind farm.

The Borough President’s press release is here. The related New York Times article is here.

The wind farm proposal is to be discussed at a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Public School 58, 77 Marsh Avenue, behind the Staten Island Mall.

New York and U.S. wind industry news

Beekmantown examining wind law

According to the Press Republican, the Town of Beekmantown (Clinton County) received negative comments from the Clinton County Planning Department regarding its proposed wind energy conversion systems (WECS) regulations and so has extended a wind development moratorium. The proposal had been modeled after the town’s wireless telecommunications facilities siting law.

Enfield negotiations with wind developer continue

The July 5 Ithaca Journal reports on continuing negotiations between the Town of Enfield (Tompkins County) and wind developer John Rancich. One sticky issue is whether a deal will be struck prior to Enfield passing a WECS law.

Hanover considering new wind law

The July 7 Observer reports that the Town of Hanover (Chautauqua County) is considering a WECS law, in anticipation of a Noble Environmental Power’s Ball Hill wind project.

Lackawanna Schools and Steel Winds

Buffalo Business First reports July 4 on the apparent controversy resulting from payments, or lack thereof, to the City of Lackawanna school district from BQ Energy, developer of the Steel Winds wind project.

Niagara Falls Considering Wind

The Niagara Gazette reports July 6 on the attempt by Empire State Wind to site a project in Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster is quoted mentioning the importance of public input.

Spafford considering wind law

WSYR-TV reports July 3 and online on the efforts by the Town of Spafford (Onondaga County) to regulate relatively small WECS.

Wind Turbine Recycling

Renewable Energy World has an interesting article on the recycling of wind turbines and the efforts of a Massachusetts company, Aeronautica Windpwer, to do just that. Per the article,

According to the company’s industry research, over 10,000 machines that were installed during the mid ‘80s and ‘90s may soon be replaced by larger, more modern turbines. That’s a lot of generation capacity that would otherwise be scrapped.