NYS wind energy and related updates

Items from around the web:

Beacon Power breaks ground on 20MW flywheel energy storage project in Stephentown, NY.  (OTC Investor, 11/24)

ACENY files petition for rehearing in New York State Public Service Commission proceeding In the Matter of Generator-Specific Energy Deliverability Study (Case 09-E-0497) (NYS PSC, 11/19). Petition is in regards to new PSC requirement that renewable energy projects produce transmission studies prior to obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN). See earlier write up here.

New York State passes law to bolster New York’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy efficiency in homes and businesses throughout the state. The legislation (Extraordinary Session Assembly Bill A.40004/Sweeney) allows New York state municipalities to establish the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in order to apply for more than $400 million in federal funds to issue as loans to qualifying homeowners and businesses to install energy efficient retrofits and renewable energy (including wind) systems. Bill was signed into law by Governor Paterson on November 19.  (NYS Assembly, 11/16)

Ecogen sues Town of Prattsburgh in state Supreme Court in Rochester. (Stueben Courier, 11/19)

And lastly, if you’re going to drink this holiday season, you might as well do it thanks to wind power. Or something like that. (Open Forum blog, 11/20) (And if you drink or develop wind power projects, please do so responsibly.)

New York state wind power updates

From news sources:

Wind developers protest NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) rules requiring transmission study for proposed projects over 80 MW.  (Albany Times Union, 10/26). Related piece from WAMC radio, 10/26.

  • PSC press release (“PSC Levels Renewable Energy Playing Field” in Case Number 09-E-0497).

NYSERDA extends due dates for RFP 1613 (Project Implementation Funding for State Energy Program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (NYSERDA)

NYS PSC green lights flywheel energy storage project in Stephentown, Rensselaer County. (NYS PSC, 10/15)

“New York Wind Energy Day”  (10/14) coincides with AWEA event. (Daily Finance, 10/21)

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) releases 2009 Model Interconnection Procedures and 2009 Model Net Metering Rules (IREC)

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.