New York wind energy updates

Wind Project in Evans

Buffalo News reports that the Town of Evans (Erie County) is considering various wind facilities siting laws.

Wind Power Court Case

Evening Tribune reports that a court case in the Appellate Division of the Fourth Judicial Department aimed at stopping Everpower’s 25-turbine development in the Town of Howard (Steuben County) continues. The Town Board is overseeing the environmental review of the project, per another article.

GE Energy Report on Federal Tax Credits

GE Energy Financial Services released a report concluding that federal tax credits for wind are more than made up with taxes, profits and wages. The study estimates that

a federal tax incentive [the Production Tax Credit or PTC] set to expire Dec. 31 for wind energy projects more than pays for itself through tax revenues from the projects’ income, vendors’ profits and individual workers’ wages. The study – released at the American Council on Renewable Energy’s Renewable Energy Finance Forum in New York – estimated that wind farms built in 2007, supported by the production tax credit, carry a net present value benefit to the US Treasury of $250 million.

Jordanville Wind Project

Observer and Dispatch of Utica reports that Iberdrola’s Jordanville wind project has been scaled back after the Town lost a court case. The Town has apparently decided not to appeal. Instead, per reports, Iberdrola intends to submit plans for a project reduced from 68 to 40 turbines.

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Recent updates on local wind siting initiatives

Babcock & Brown Chautauqua project

6/5/08. The Westfield Republican reports that the town board of Ripley and Westfield (Chautauqua County) have declared themselves co-lead agencies for the state environmental review of Babcock & Brown’s proposed 125-MW wind farm.

Stamford wind lawsuit

6/11/08. The Daily Star reports that individuals have filed a second lawsuit against the Town of Stamford over issues related to a proposal to develop a wind farm. The suit, known as an Article 78 proceeding to challenge administrative action, reportedly challenges the Stamford Town Board’s approval earlier this year of a resolution to accept a wind farm application by Moresville Energy (a subsidiary of Invenergy).

E. Bloomfield wind law

6/12/08. The Daily Messenger reports that the Town of E. Bloomfield (Finger Lakes region in Ontario County) is considering a wind siting law.

Galloo Island wind project

6/12/08. Newswatch 50 Television reports that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will hold hearing June 17 regarding the plan of Upstate NY Power Corp to install up to 90 wind turbines on Galloo Island (Town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County). [update 6/16 ] The DEC flagged its intent to be lead agency for SEQR review in an April 2008 letter. Background environmental documents on the Hounsfield Wind Farm may potentially be found here, though links were not working 6/16.

Howard wind project

6/12/08. The Evening Tribune reports that the Town of Howard (Steuben County) continues to look at Everpower’s 25-turbine wind project.

Enfield wind project

6/12/08. The Ithaca Journal reports that the Town of Enfield (Tompkins County) is drafting a new wind siting law as it review a resident’s proposal for a wind farm. The same paper also reported 6/10/08 that the Town of Ithaca itself is examining a residential wind siting ordinance.

Beacon Power flywheel project

[update 6/16] 6/13/08. The Associated Press reports on a Massachusetts company (Beacon Power Corp.) that proposes to connect a 200-flywheel facility (near the Massachusetts border) to New York’s power grid as a means of storing energy.

Noble Power NY wind projects

[update 6/16] Noble Environmental Power announces formal groundbreaking on four new projects, in Clinton, Franklin and Wyoming counties.