NYS wind power updates

From news sources:

Town of Clayton wind committee proposes changes to existing wind zoning. Watertown Daily Times 4/26

Hudson Valley Center for Innovation announces Wind Power Initiative focusing on development of small-wind technologies. Poughkeepsie Journal, 4/22

Town of North Harmony considers restrictive wind power zoning law. Post-Journal, 4/27

Town of Orleans wind committee prepares substantial setback requirements. Watertown Daily Times, 4/30/2009

With EcoGen project before it, Town of Prattsburgh delays enacting wind moratorium. Steuben Courier, 4/26

Noble Environmental Power Wyoming County lien problems continue. Batavia News, 5/2

New York wind energy updates

Recent press and web articles include:

Town of Howard 25-turbine wind project advances. Hornell Evening Tribune, 1/28

Town of Hunter (Greene County) may extend wind moratorium. Daily Mail, 1/23

Town of Orleans wind committee develops. Watertown Daily Times, 1/26

New payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement advances Town of Prattsburgh wind project. The Corning Leader, 1/23 and  The Steuben Courier, 1/25

Cape Vincent wind committee discusses sebacks. Watertown Daily Times, 1/23

Town of Clayton wind committee to hold open future meetings. Watertown Daily Times, 1/23

Article on “Green Jobs“, including those relating to wind energy and in Clinton County,  in the The Nation, 1/28

New York wind energy siting updates

Iberdrola carries out purchases of Energy East Broome County real estate as part of acquisition transaction. Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, 11/22

Setbacks and sound issues examined by Town of Cape Vincent (Jefferson County) wind committee. Watertown Daily Times, 11/21

Towns of Clayton and Orleans (Jefferson County) forming wind committees to propose draft siting regulations. Watertown Daily Times, 11/20

Village of Fair Haven (Cayuga County) considers local law regulating wind energy conversion systems. Auburn Citizen, 11/21

Anti-wind development group grows in Town of Hammond (St. Lawrence County). Watertown Daily Times, 11/24

North Harmony (Chautauqua County) resident obtains zoning approvals, raises 100kw wind turbine for home use. Post-Journal, 11/21

Towns in Orange County confronting small scale wind projects without zoning in place. Times Herald-Record, 11/20

General-interest wind stories

Generic article on how economic challenges are impacting wind development in New York state. Associated Press, published in Newsday, 11/23

Ithaca Journal editorial favors more state, county guidance in wind energy facility siting. Ithaca Journal, 11/18

GE ships its 10,000th wind turbine, capacity sold through 2010. Bloomberg News in Albany Times Union, 11/18

The American Wind Energy Association has announced a New Wind Agenda for the new President and Congress. It includes a plank on siting (with an emphasis on federal issues):

Policy recommendation: Proposals for responsibly-sited renewable energy projects on federal lands (including offshore waters) should be prioritized and federal agencies should create review processes that are streamlined, transparent and timely, with permitting and review capabilities that are scaled up as needed to meet demand.

Federal agencies have a key part to play in developing our renewable energy potential because of their role in the siting of wind projects and new transmission lines, especially on federal lands. Proposals for responsibly-sited renewable energy projects on federal lands (including offshore waters) should be prioritized and federal agencies should create review processes that are streamlined, transparent and timely, with permitting and review capabilities that are scaled up as needed to meet demand. In addition, the President should direct the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security to adopt a cooperative approach to resolving possible conflicts between wind projects and radar operations. Each federal agency should be asked to plan how it will use its authority to facilitate the growth of wind power and other renewable energy sources.

New York wind energy developments

A good number of developments relating to town struggles with zoning and siting issues across the state have been reported by local (and far-away) media outlets.

“Town of Barton [Tioga County]: Windmill farm may be in town’s future”, Morning Times (10/14)

A windmill farm may be on its way to the Town of Barton, but as to when it will happen is still years away. The windmill farm is being sought by Gamesa Energy USA, which is the United State’s branch of Gamesa Corp. The company, which is based in Spain, specializes in sustainable energy technologies, mainly wind power…

“Wind-farm workers laid off [Bellmont & Chateaugay, in Franklin County]”, Press Republican (10/15)

Noble Environmental Power has stopped work at its Bellmont and Chateaugay wind-energy projects and laid off its workers. And it appears the bankruptcy of one of its major financial backers may have played a part. “Due to conditions in the financial markets, Noble Environmental Power has had to scale back its development plans for 2009,” Noble Chief Executive Officer Walter Howard said in a written statement…

A related article by Shelley Livernois is reported on the blogosphere to have been published by the Malone Telegram on October 11.

“Clayton [Jefferson County] wind farm noise study to be aired”, Watertown Daily Times (10/9)

The long-awaited full report on the Horse Creek Wind Farm noise study will go public in a week, the town announced Wednesday. But the availability of the report was not enough to satisfy upset residents who stormed into the council meeting demanding that the town start formulating a local law to limit noise levels of wind turbines and establish setbacks…

“Residents [in Cohocton, Steuben County] at Odds Over Wind Turbines”, WHAM-Channel 13 (10/14)

A group of Cohocton residents opposed to the $230-million wind turbine project, say they will appeal to a higher court. A Steuben County supreme court judge dismissed three of their lawsuits last week…

More on objections to the Cohocton project may be found in the 10/8/2008 Honolulu [as in Hawaii] Weekly.

“Town [of Hammond in St. Lawrence County] tussles with turbines”, Watertown Daily Times (10/14)

If the town board meeting was any indication, the town of Hammond is divided on building wind turbines, except for one issue: there is not enough information to make any decisions. The board and members of the public discussed a possible wind turbine law for more than two hours Monday and reached an agreement to continue discussions…

“Hartsville [Steuben County] officials approve new code of ethics”, The Evening Tribune (10/9)

Hartsville town officials approved a new code of ethics Wednesday night, but not before a long discussion on conflicts of interest. The board hosted a public hearing on the updated code, which, according to town Supervisor Steve Dombert, was revised following the alleged conflicts of interest of former board members…

…The board members also discussed each other’s possible conflicts of interest, specifically involving a proposed wind turbine project in the town…

“Hornellsville [Steuben County] votes in favor of wind”, The Evening Tribune (10/15)

The Hornellsville town board believes wind energy is the way to go. The board, joined by members of the town planning board, passed a resolution Tuesday night opening the town up for wind development…

New York wind energy developments 8/29

Clayton (Jefferson County) sound report creating controversy

Per the Watertown Daily Times (8/25)

[Clayton] Town officials have refused to let residents see a report evaluating the noise study done for Horse Creek Wind Farm. The officials claim the report, by Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, an acoustic engineering firm in Sudbury, Mass., is too complicated and preliminary to be released.

Empire State Wind interested in Alfred in Allegany County

The Evening Tribune (8/23) reports that:

At least one wind developer is eyeing Alfred for a potential building site. Keith Pitman, president and chief executive officer of Empire State Wind Energy from Oneida, said his company is interested in developing a wind project in Alfred.

Frankfort Village (Herkimer County) looking into wind development

Per the Evening Telegram (8/22)

The Frankfort Village Board is preparing to move forward with negotiations to enter into an agreement with Empire State Wind Energy (ESWE) to conduct feasibility studies on potential wind turbine sites.

Jamestown (Chautauqua County) Board of Education gives Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency authority to negotiate PILOTs

From the Post-Journal (8/27)

The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency will be in charge of negotiating PILOT agreements with wind farm developers in the Jamestown Public Schools District.

At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting at Jefferson Middle School, school officials decided to opt out of Section 487 of the Real Property Tax Law after hearing from Bill Daly and Rich Dixon of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. The law makes the installation of energy improvement systems – solar power, windmills – exempt from taxes.

Volney (Oswego County) adopts wind regulations

From the Valley News (8/23)

The Town of Volney has followed suit with other central New York municipalities in establishing regulations for residential wind energy systems. The town board adopted a local law regulating private windmills during its meeting last week.

New York wind energy developments 7/30

Altona wind farm

WPTZ.com (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.