NYS wind power developments

From news and web sources:

Cattaraugus County legislature to take part in panel analyzing wind farm tax incentives. Buffalo News, 2/27

Town of Hartsville enacts one-year wind development moratorium. Canisteo Valley News, 2/26 &  Hornell Evening Tribune 2/27

NYISO announces that for first time ever, wind power contributes 1,000 MW to the grid, at approximately 6:00 p.m. on February 19. NYISO, 2/26. See related opinion piece in Albany Times Union, 3/1.

Town of Orleans discusses low frequency sound and wind turbines. Watertown Daily Times, 2/27

Town of Richmondville examines wind development law. Times Journal, 2/25

Babcock & Brown conducts balloon test demonstrating  height of turbines in Town of Westfield. Such balloon tests will be used by the company to produce visual simulations of the turbines from various vantage points.  Post-Journal, 2/27

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 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 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.