Wind energy developments in New York state

From the web and news sources:

Town of Almond examining project with Empire State Wind Energy. Hornell Evening Tribune 3/5. See also Canisteo Valley News, 3/3

Altona wind park turbine collapses. WPTZ 3/6, Press Republican 3/7. Noble Environmental Power 3/6 responses here and here.

Herkimer County hopeful of receiving benefits of renewable energy provisions of Obama stimulus package. Observer Dispatch 3/1

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation invites comment on Hounsfield wind farm (Galloo Island) draft environmental impact statement. The project, proposed by Upstate New York Power Corp. of West Seneca, N.Y., would consist of 84 wind turbine generators to produce 252 megawatts or less of electricity, located on Galloo Island approximately 12 miles west of Sackets Harbor. Written comments will be accepted through May 29. The DEC will hold a public hearing May 18 in Hounsfield. NYSDEC 3/5

Morristown seeks additional information to draft wind law. Watertown Daily Times 3/6

NYISO releases Power Trends 2009 report:

The report notes that the bulk power grid is operating reliably and the wholesale electricity markets are attracting resources efficiently. … Yet, Power Trends 2009 reports several foreseeable risks to the economics and reliability of the system, including:

  • The impact of the global financial crisis on investment in new resources.
  • The short-term dampening of demand for electricity during the current recession may mask the need to address expected future growth.
  • The potentially competing effects of new environmental standards and the desire for lower electricity prices.
  • The state’s dependence on oil and natural gas to produce electricity, making it vulnerable to fuel price spikes and potentially threatening system reliability.
  • An aging fleet of power plants and transmission lines, causing potential environmental, price and reliability concerns. NYISO, 3/2

Town of Prattsburgh does not grant building permit to EcoGen; developer threatens suit. Corning Leader, 3/5

Spain (the country) sets record for contribution of wind to electricity generation mix: 40% at one point. Guardian (UK) 3/6

New York state wind energy updates

From recent news and web reports:

Community wind opportunities discussed in Town of Batavia. Daily News 2/19

Town of Clayton wind committee discusses sound issues. Watertown Daily Times, 2/20

Cohocton turbines spinning, but per NYISO power not due to hit grid till late 2010.  Hornell Evening Tribune, 2/21

Town of Hunter reportedly extends wind moratorium six more months. The Daily Mail, 2/21

Morristown wind committee comes up with draft wind ordinance. Watertown Daily Times 2/20

Town of Prattsburgh hears about noise complaints from Cohocton residents. Courier, 2/22

After pitch, Pickens Plan piques Paterson’s interest. Star Gazette, 2/22

Wind developers discuss potential changes to Attorney General’s self-styled “code of conduct.” Watertown Daily Times, 2/23

New York wind power: Cattaraugus, St. Lawrence, offshore, Gov. Paterson

Cattaraugus County taxes

From the Buffalo News (9/24):

Cattaraugus County has retained its ability to tax alternative energy systems – including wind farms, solar energy systems and on-farm methane digesters – with a 16-2 vote for passage of a local law Tuesday. The law applies to facilities within the county, including as many as four potential wind farm projects under consideration, and effectively disarms a state tax code provision exempting these energy sources from taxes.

Morristown (St. Lawrence County) examines wind regulation

Per the Watertown Daily Times (9/25) Morristown (apparently no stranger to windmills) is studying a zoning ordinance to regulate wind energy conversion systems:

A small classroom in St. John’s parish was filled with curious citizens Wednesday night, gathered to ask questions and discuss zoning for possible wind turbines. The purpose of the meeting, held by the Wind Energy Committee, was to “put the horse before the cart” and examine possible zoning laws before wind energy companies take a closer look at the town…

…The next committee meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the town hall. The committee plans to have a recommendation ready and the public is encouraged to attend.

More on proposed LIPA-Con Edison Queens offshore wind project

This project, which originated from Governor Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force, could provide significant market development benefits to the wind industry, create clean-tech jobs, and help diversify the State’s electricity system. In addition, any project resulting from this work could demonstrate that we can meet the State’s energy supply needs in an environmentally sound manner while benefiting the State’s economy by reducing dependence on imported energy.