Small wind gets RPS boost from PSC in New York state

Small wind, other renewable projects get a boost from New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). From the PSC:

The Commission [on March 25] approved more than $279 million over a five-year period for customer-sited
renewable energy projects as part of the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program. This funding will enable thousands of homeowners and businesses to install solar panels, fuel cells, wind turbines and other renewable energy devices.

Source: NYS PSC press release. Check here for the Commission’s decision in Case 03-E-0188.

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NYS wind energy and related updates

Items from around the web:

Beacon Power breaks ground on 20MW flywheel energy storage project in Stephentown, NY.  (OTC Investor, 11/24)

ACENY files petition for rehearing in New York State Public Service Commission proceeding In the Matter of Generator-Specific Energy Deliverability Study (Case 09-E-0497) (NYS PSC, 11/19). Petition is in regards to new PSC requirement that renewable energy projects produce transmission studies prior to obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN). See earlier write up here.

New York State passes law to bolster New York’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy efficiency in homes and businesses throughout the state. The legislation (Extraordinary Session Assembly Bill A.40004/Sweeney) allows New York state municipalities to establish the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in order to apply for more than $400 million in federal funds to issue as loans to qualifying homeowners and businesses to install energy efficient retrofits and renewable energy (including wind) systems. Bill was signed into law by Governor Paterson on November 19.  (NYS Assembly, 11/16)

Ecogen sues Town of Prattsburgh in state Supreme Court in Rochester. (Stueben Courier, 11/19)

And lastly, if you’re going to drink this holiday season, you might as well do it thanks to wind power. Or something like that. (Open Forum blog, 11/20) (And if you drink or develop wind power projects, please do so responsibly.)

New York state wind power updates

From news sources:

Wind developers protest NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) rules requiring transmission study for proposed projects over 80 MW.  (Albany Times Union, 10/26). Related piece from WAMC radio, 10/26.

  • PSC press release (“PSC Levels Renewable Energy Playing Field” in Case Number 09-E-0497).

NYSERDA extends due dates for RFP 1613 (Project Implementation Funding for State Energy Program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (NYSERDA)

NYS PSC green lights flywheel energy storage project in Stephentown, Rensselaer County. (NYS PSC, 10/15)

“New York Wind Energy Day”  (10/14) coincides with AWEA event. (Daily Finance, 10/21)

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) releases 2009 Model Interconnection Procedures and 2009 Model Net Metering Rules (IREC)

NYS PSC meeting 10/28 to provide assessment of renewable initiatives

The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) will hold a technical conference to explore issues associated with the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program. Issues to be discussed include benefits and costs of the program, program design and implementation, and an assessment of the potential for the development of additional renewable energy resources and associated costs.

The technical conference will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, in the 19th floor boardroom of the Commission’s Albany office at Three Empire State Plaza, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Live Internet broadcast can be viewed through NewYorkAdmin by accessing http://www.NewYorkAdmin.com from a computer capable of using RealPlayer.

Agenda here.

New York State PSC receives $1.2M in Recovery Act funding

New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) received over $1.2M in federal Recovery Act (ARRA) funding to hire new staff and retrain existing employees “to ensure they have the capacity to quickly and effectively review proposed electricity projects.”  New York’s PSC received the third most funding of any state utility commission, behind only California and Texas.

Department of Energy press release here.

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.