New York wind zoning updates

From recent press reports:

Following filing of lawsuit, Town of Hammond repeals wind ordinance, may re-enact it after environmental review.  Watertown Daily Times, 12/30

Town of Naples would prefer proposed neighboring Town of Prattsburgh turbines to not be so close, asks New York Public Service Commission (PSC) to intervene., 12/28

Town of Theresa mulling wind moratorium to provide time to enact a wind energy zoning ordinance. Watertown Daily Times, 12/23

NYS wind energy updates

According to recent press reports:

Clarkson University student proposes 1.5MW wind turbine for Potsdam campus. Watertown Daily Times, 11/28. University members surveyed overwhelmingly endorse studying the idea. Clarkson Integrator, 11/24

Residents in the Town of Hammond (St. Lawrence County) file suit against town for failing to follow environmental review process; seek invalidation of wind energy facility siting ordinance. Watertown Daily Times, 12/1. An ordinance in the Town of Centerville (Allegany County) recently was invalidated on these grounds.

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 state wind developments

According to recent reports:

New York wind siting updates

Town of Hammond (St. Lawrence County) passes new wind ordinance. Watertown Daily Times, 10/28

The City of Oswego (Oswego County) in discussions with Optiwind to provide municipal wind power. Palladium Times, 10/28.

Wind project siting controversy infused into state legislative race in Jefferson County. Valley Times, 10/29.

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 developments 8/22

Hammond (St. Lawrence County) wind ordinance

Councilmen conflict described in the Watertown Daily Times:

Two town councilmen won’t vote on a proposed wind farm ordinance, because they’ve signed contracts to lease their own land to a wind developer.

Orleans (Jefferson County) wind ordinance

Residents seek increased regulation, as reported in Watertown Daily Times:

Residents continue to push for tighter restrictions on wind turbine placement through amendments to the town’s zoning law.

Jiminy Peak ski resort (Massachusetts)

This is not strictly speaking a New York story, but with a chill in the upstate air of late, this InformationWeek story on the success of a single turbine at a popular destination for New York ski enthusiasts seems worth a mention. With New York’s recent net metering expansion legislation being enacted, one would expect to see businesses and farms in New York begin to enter the distributed energy sector like this ski resort successfully has:

Jiminy Peak, a western Mass. mountain resort, marked the one year anniversary on August 15 of flipping the switch and connecting its 1.5 megawatt GE wind turbine to the grid. The turbine, nicknamed Zephyr, is now generating a full third of the ski resort’s power. But getting there wasn’t exactly a breeze.