New York wind energy developments

Town of Fulton considers wind development

The Schenectady Daily Gazette reports (July 15) reports on the apparent ambivalence of town residents as expressed at a town board meeting that addressed the potential location of wind farms in the area.

Galloo Island wind farm

Palladium Times (July 11) reports on a presentation made to Oswego County legislators regarding the Hounsfield Wind Farm (Jefferson County). While the proposed Hounsfield wind farm itself is in Jefferson County, the necessary transmission line would go through neighboring Oswego County.

Iberdrola-Energy East

Newsli.com (July 12) reports that two more New York politicians (state senate Democratic members Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) and Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan) have announced their support for Iberdrola’s proposed acquisition of Energy East, currently under review at the New York Public Service Commission (PSC). More here on the NY PSC’s consideration of the Iberdrola-Energy East transaction.

Lackawanna Steel Winds wind project will get new turbines

Buffalo News (July 11) reports that the City of Lackawanna Planning Board approved a site plan for 13 new wind turbines for the Steel Winds. Steel Winds is a project of Clipper Windpower.

New York Attorney General Investigation

More on the investigation into First Wind (formerly UPC Wind) and Noble Environmental Power, LLC:

Offshore wind projects

Buffalo News (July 12) reports on the potential of offshore wind projects, particularly around the Great Lakes. Advantages include stronger, more consistent wind resources (including during the day when demand is high), potentially reduced zoning jurisdicitional requirements; challenges include ice and cost and the environmental impact.  Here for description of a recent offshore wind report focusing on New York.

Potential Orange County municipal wind project

Times Herald-Record (July 15) reports on a potential project at Greenwood Lake. Meteorological testing has begun.

Spafford wind law

Skaneateles Press on CNYLInk (July 15) reports that the Town of Spafford discussed a proposed wind turbine law, aimed at regulating the use of smaller scale turbines. Among those present at the Town Board meeting was a representative of the Town of Skaneateles, who expressed concern that that the town had not been notified of the proposed law.

New York wind energy developments

Enfield

Ithaca Journal (July 10) reports that the Enfield (Tompkins County) Town Board sent a potential wind pact with a resident developer back to its attorney for further review.

GE Financial invests in New York wind power projects

GE announced (July 9) that

With a goal of investing $6 billion in renewable energy by 2010, GE Energy Financial Services surpassed the $4 billion mark today by investing in New York State’s three newest wind farms. The unit of GE (NYSE: GE) will invest a total of $100 million in the three wind farms, whose construction began last month.

The three wind farms, all projects of Noble Environmental Power, and per GE expected to completed this year, are

  • Noble Chateaugay Windpark (106.5 megawatts), in Franklin County
  • Noble Altona Windpark (97.5 megawatts), in Clinton County
  • Noble Wethersfield Windpark (126 megawatts), in Wyoming County

Iberdrola-Energy East update

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (July 11) offers an update on where we are now — awaiting a decision from the New York Public Service Commission on the proposed acquisition by Iberdrola of Energy East. A main sticking point is vertical market integration — should an energy distributor also be permitted to own energy production facilities?

Ithaca residential wind turbine law

Ithaca Journal (July 8) reports that a vote was delayed on a zoning law regarding residential wind projects as the Ithaca Town Board (Tompkins County) could not agree on how much sound should be permitted. Sound (or “noise” as detractors may say), is an important environmental consideration in wind turbine siting.

Lackawanna taxes impacted by wind power

Buffalo News (July 8) reports that city tax rates in Lackawanna (Erie County)
have gone up, at least in part because of an erroneous assessment (or failure to assess) one of the Steel Winds project turbines. Per the report, Steel Winds operates under a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement, which exempts the turbines from taxes, but requires that they still must be assigned an assessed value.

Lyme residents challenge wind decision in court

Watertown Daily Times (July 10) and WNYF-TV (July 10). Residents in Lyme (Jefferson County) have filed an Article 78 proceeding in state court against the Town Board, which according to a group called Voters for Wind, has passed an ordinance that is too restrictive. The zoning ordinance reportedly requires wind turbines to be at least 4,500 feet away from the waterfront and the villages of Chaumont and Three Mile Bay. According to reports, the court’s decision is expected July 31, when the town’s wind power development moratorium expires.

Scipio Town Board discusses Shell wind project

The Citizen (July 10) reports that Scipio town residents (in Cayuga County) are in contact with Shell Wind Energy about a prospective project.

Somerset Town Board sends Empire wind project to planning board

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal (July 10) reports that the Town of Somerset, after failure to reach a revenue sharing pact with Empire Wind, has essentially informed the company to submit any application to the town’s planning board. The report indicates that AES Acciona is also interested in developing a project in Somerset.  (Niagara County)