NY wind energy siting and legislative updates

NY PSC on Marble River

Associated Press reports that the New York Public Service Commission has greenlighted Horizon Wind and AES-Acciona Energy’s joint project to create the 229 MW  Marble River Wind Farm in the towns of Clinton and Ellenburg (Clinton County). Reuters on same.

Niagara Falls Wind Project

Buffalo News on efforts of Empire State Wind Energy to site a project near Niagara Falls.

Wind Law Manlius

The Eagle Bulletin/DeWitt Times reports that the Town of Manlius (Onondaga County) has passed a local ordinance regulating the siting of wind turbines.

Net Metering

Niagara Gazette on the real potential that net-metering reform legislation become law this session. In a June 18 statement, ACE-NY commended Gov. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Silver and Senate Leader Bruno for their commitment to see the enhanced net metering legislation become law.

GE Wind Turbine

Schenectady Daily Gazette front page article on GE’s planned 1.5 MW turbine in Rotterdam, which aims at powering the company’s Renewables Global Headquarters. Albany Times Union piece on same.

Galloo Island Wind Project

Watertown Daily Times reports on Galloo Island. NYS DEC, lead environmental review agency for the project, taking public comment through June 30 regarding scope of environmental impact statement.

Offshore Wind

Wall Street Journal on U.S. failure to advance offshore projects, including one off Long Island.

Recent updates on local wind siting initiatives

Babcock & Brown Chautauqua project

6/5/08. The Westfield Republican reports that the town board of Ripley and Westfield (Chautauqua County) have declared themselves co-lead agencies for the state environmental review of Babcock & Brown’s proposed 125-MW wind farm.

Stamford wind lawsuit

6/11/08. The Daily Star reports that individuals have filed a second lawsuit against the Town of Stamford over issues related to a proposal to develop a wind farm. The suit, known as an Article 78 proceeding to challenge administrative action, reportedly challenges the Stamford Town Board’s approval earlier this year of a resolution to accept a wind farm application by Moresville Energy (a subsidiary of Invenergy).

E. Bloomfield wind law

6/12/08. The Daily Messenger reports that the Town of E. Bloomfield (Finger Lakes region in Ontario County) is considering a wind siting law.

Galloo Island wind project

6/12/08. Newswatch 50 Television reports that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will hold hearing June 17 regarding the plan of Upstate NY Power Corp to install up to 90 wind turbines on Galloo Island (Town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County). [update 6/16 ] The DEC flagged its intent to be lead agency for SEQR review in an April 2008 letter. Background environmental documents on the Hounsfield Wind Farm may potentially be found here, though links were not working 6/16.

Howard wind project

6/12/08. The Evening Tribune reports that the Town of Howard (Steuben County) continues to look at Everpower’s 25-turbine wind project.

Enfield wind project

6/12/08. The Ithaca Journal reports that the Town of Enfield (Tompkins County) is drafting a new wind siting law as it review a resident’s proposal for a wind farm. The same paper also reported 6/10/08 that the Town of Ithaca itself is examining a residential wind siting ordinance.

Beacon Power flywheel project

[update 6/16] 6/13/08. The Associated Press reports on a Massachusetts company (Beacon Power Corp.) that proposes to connect a 200-flywheel facility (near the Massachusetts border) to New York’s power grid as a means of storing energy.

Noble Power NY wind projects

[update 6/16] Noble Environmental Power announces formal groundbreaking on four new projects, in Clinton, Franklin and Wyoming counties.

NYS DEC issues draft guidelines for conducting bird and bat studies at commercial wind energy projects

In January 2008 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Division of Environmental Permits and Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources) issued draft GUIDELINES for CONDUCTING BIRD and BAT STUDIES at COMMERCIAL WIND ENERGY PROJECTS. The draft is dated December 2007. Comments were accepted through March 7, 2008. Final guidelines are expected to be released later in 2008.

The NYSDEC draft guidelines [http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/drwindguide1207.pdf] outline DEC’s recommendations to commercial wind energy developers on how to characterize bird and bat resources at on-shore wind energy sites, and how to estimate and document impacts resulting from the construction and operation of projects. Bird and bat resources includes all species of birds and bats that use or may use the site, as well as the habitats that support them.