Visit to Maple Ridge wind farm

Here are some pretty unsophisticated home movie clips (totalling one minute) of a July 2008 visit to the Maple Ridge windfarm. Yes, the blogger dragged the blogger’s family. If you’ve been to a windfarm you’ll doubtfully have interest in the video.

The first segment is pretty close to a turbine. Commentary by Ethan. For the record, the turbine is bigger (well, taller) than our house.

The second segment briefly shows the scale of a single turbine. Notice the people walking up the access road toward the camera. (If memory serves, these are 1.65MW Vestas, almost 400 feet at full vertical rotor blade extension, but you’ll want to check that.)

The third segment offers a pretty quick, roughly 360-degree panorama. At 0:56 you get a decent view of a spare blade centered in the picture, with the O&M building immediately behind and to the right.

The extraneous sound heard is more the wind itself than the turbines, and demonstrates primarily the inability of the microphone on my camera to filter it out. It’s windy in Lowville!

I’m grateful to Bill Burke, who on short notice gratiously showed us (and some impromptu visitors from the Cape Vincent area) a video of and described the project before he had to run off to volunteer at the county fair. (If you’re looking for a terrific county fair, by all means head up to Lewis County in the summer time.)

Wind energy projects in New York state

According to recent press reports:

Noble Environmental Power takes Clinton and Ellenburg (Clinton County) turbines offline to adjust substation and bring Chateaugay (Franklin County) turbines online.  Press Republican, 11/14.

Lowville (Lewis County), home to NY State’s largest wind farm, discusses revision of zoning ordinance relating to wind facilities large and small. Watertown Daily Times, 11/17.

Six-month wind development moratorium approved in the Town of Throop (Cayuga County). The Citizen, 11/13.

Reduced Jordanville wind project (Towns of Warren and Stark in Herkimer County) discussed at Town meeting. Freeman’s Journal, 11/14.

And finally, in the humans-come-up-with-the-darnedest-ideas department, let’s welcome a not-so-dazzling (the article’s point, not mine) billboard to Times Square in New York City functioning exclusively on wind and solar power. Chattahbox, 11/17. Go figure.

New York wind siting updates

According to recent news reports on wind energy developments in New York State:

Town of Enfield (Tompkins County) discusses potential setback and sound requirements, but does not vote on new wind law. Ithaca Journal, 11/12

Horizon Wind to submit applications for meteorological (met) towers in the Village of Fredonia (Cattaraugus County) and may be preparing an application for an electric substation to serve the company’s Arkwright project. Buffalo News, 11/13

Town of Holland (Erie County), while drafting a new town law on wind energy, is also eyeing a possible zoning moratorium on wind development. Buffalo News, 11/13

Town of Lowville (Lewis County) anticipates 12.5% drop in payment in lieu of taxes receipts from Maple Ridge wind farm for 2009. Watertown Daily Times, 11/12