New York wind power updates

From recent press and web reports:

More locals siting their own renewable energy systems to generate power. WSYR.com, 1/19

Ellisburg residents oppose transmission line for Galloo Island wind project. Watertown Daily Times, 1/22

Town of Enfield passes wind zoning law with setback requirements lesser than those recommended by Tompkins County. Ithaca Journal, 1/15 and 1/16

Town of Farmersville re-adopts wind zoning law after more complete environmental review. Buffalo News, 1/15

Town of Hartsville considers wind development moratorium. Hornell Evening Tribune, 1/15

Town of Irondequoit discusses wind zoning law.  Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 1/21

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announces “Backyard Wind Power” program to provide rebates to homeowners, businesses, municipalities, and nonprofits seeking to harness power from the wind through the use of land-based wind turbines. LIPA, 1/21 Per LIPA, the program will

help transform the market for wind systems on Long Island by achieving the following:

  • Increasing consumer awareness and market demand for wind systems;
  • Accelerating the development of a robust, self sustaining local infrastructure for the delivery and the maintenance of quality wind systems;
  • Developing a mechanism to overcome financial market barriers; and
  • Accelerating the cost reduction of wind systems while increasing reliability and performance.

    Town of Orleans wind committee focuses on safety issues. Watertown Daily Times, 1/17

    Town of Wilson (Niagara County) passes wind development moratorium. Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, 1/22

    New York wind siting updates

    According to recent news reports on wind energy developments in New York State:

    Town of Enfield (Tompkins County) discusses potential setback and sound requirements, but does not vote on new wind law. Ithaca Journal, 11/12

    Horizon Wind to submit applications for meteorological (met) towers in the Village of Fredonia (Cattaraugus County) and may be preparing an application for an electric substation to serve the company’s Arkwright project. Buffalo News, 11/13

    Town of Holland (Erie County), while drafting a new town law on wind energy, is also eyeing a possible zoning moratorium on wind development. Buffalo News, 11/13

    Town of Lowville (Lewis County) anticipates 12.5% drop in payment in lieu of taxes receipts from Maple Ridge wind farm for 2009. Watertown Daily Times, 11/12

    New York and national wind energy developments

    Town of Allegany (Cattaraugus County) determines Everpower Renewables 32-turbine project at Chipmonk Ridge will have a significant environmental impact. While this may seem painfully obvious, such a determination is a necessary step under New York law relating to environmental review. Olean Times Herald, 11/11.

    Tompkins County recommends to Town of Enfield that wind turbine setback from property lines increase to 1.5 times tower height, and from dwellings to 2 times the tower height. If adopted, proposals may end Connecticut Hill project under review. Ithaca Journal, 11/12.

    Al Gore opinion piece advocating “moon shot”-style push for on-land wind projects, enhancements to transmission infrastructure, other clean energy initiatives. New York Times, 11/9

    New York state wind developments

    According to recent reports:

    Local New York state wind power updates

    According to recent press reports:

    The Town of Enfield has scheduled a public hearing for November 6 to discuss a proposed wind law that reduces setbacks. Ithaca Journal (10/21)

    The Town of Farmersville (Cattaraugus County) enacted a moratorium on wind development while it changes a 2007 law on wind energy systems zoning. Buffalo News (10/24)

    In the hamlet of Harborfields (Suffolk County), school officials are considering siting a wind turbine to reduce energy costs. Times Beacon Record (10/23)

    NYRI officials say the proposed major transmission line would reduce energy costs to Oneida County and statewide. Opponents disagree. Observer Dispatch (10/22). See also Newsday (10/20)

    Clean energy employment is booming. Albany Times Union (10/23)

    Local company receives $1M grant from NYSERDA to produce rooftop vertical axis turbines.  Poughkeepsie Journal (10/16)

    At the annual conference of ACE-NY NYISO’s chairman Stephen Whitley discussed transmission bottlenecks and other impediments to bringing more renewables on to the state’s grid. Albany Business Review (10/24)

    New York wind siting: Enfield reviews draft wind energy law

    The Ithaca Journal (10/2) reports that the Town of Enfield (Tompkins County) has reviewed a draft law to regulate commercial wind projects:

    Wind power in Tompkins County took another step toward becoming a reality with the completion of a wind law for Enfield. The Enfield Town Board is still months away from adopting the law, but a draft of it was reviewed by the board and its attorney, and is now in the hands of the Tompkins County Planning Department for additional scrutiny.

    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.