New York Attorney General announces 17 wind developers sign new code of conduct

After months’ long discussions with New York’s wind industry, New York State Attorney General announced that the great majority of wind developers in the state have embraced a new and improved Code of Conduct aimed ostensibly at bringing transparency to the wind development industry. From the press release:

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 16 companies [17 as of later in the day as Reunion also signed on] representing the vast majority of wind energy activity in New York state (more than 90 percent) have signed his Wind Industry Ethics Code, facilitating the development of renewable energy while helping assure that the industry is acting properly and within the law. The Code calls for oversight through an advisory Task Force and unprecedented transparency that will deter improper relationships between wind development companies and local government officials…

The signatory companies are:

  • Acciona Wind Energy USA, LLC
  • BP Wind Energy North America, Inc.
  • Ecogen Wind, LLC
  • E.on Climate and Renewables North America, Inc.
  • Everpower Wind Holdings, Inc.
  • First Wind (formerly known as UPC Wind)
  • Horizon Wind Energy, LLC
  • Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.
  • Invenergy Wind Development, LLC
  • Noble Environmental Power, LLC
  • Northwind & Power, LLC
  • Pattern Energy Group Holdings
  • Penn Energy Trust, LLC
  • Shell WindEnergy, Inc.
  • Sustainable Energy Trust, Inc.
  • Upstate NY Power Corp.

Noble and First Wind had signed on to the Attorney General’s version 1.0 of the wind code of conduct, after being investigated for alleged improper activities. Version 1.0 was criticized as a fairly blunt instrument.

Arms apparently twisted, Reunion Power signed late in the day, only after the AG subpoenaed the company (from the press release: “The Attorney General also announced that as part of its ongoing investigation into allegations of improper dealings, his office issued a subpoena to Reunion Power, which has potential wind farm development in Otsego, Schoharie and Warren Counties, and has not agreed to sign the Code.”)

Carol E. Murphy, head of the Alliance for Clean Energy, instrumental in seeing the new version through, said:

This set of guidelines incorporates best industry practices and sets a new standard of transparency and public integrity that goes far beyond existing state law and what other industries must comply with. ACE NY is hopeful that this public commitment to transparency will be a standard for all sectors engaging in development of New York State’s resources while enabling project development and investment to move forward…

Here for version 2.0 of New York’s wind industry Code_Conduct.