NYS wind power updates

From news sources:

Town of Clayton wind committee proposes changes to existing wind zoning. Watertown Daily Times 4/26

Hudson Valley Center for Innovation announces Wind Power Initiative focusing on development of small-wind technologies. Poughkeepsie Journal, 4/22

Town of North Harmony considers restrictive wind power zoning law. Post-Journal, 4/27

Town of Orleans wind committee prepares substantial setback requirements. Watertown Daily Times, 4/30/2009

With EcoGen project before it, Town of Prattsburgh delays enacting wind moratorium. Steuben Courier, 4/26

Noble Environmental Power Wyoming County lien problems continue. Batavia News, 5/2

NYS wind power developments

From news and web sources:

Cattaraugus County legislature to take part in panel analyzing wind farm tax incentives. Buffalo News, 2/27

Town of Hartsville enacts one-year wind development moratorium. Canisteo Valley News, 2/26 &  Hornell Evening Tribune 2/27

NYISO announces that for first time ever, wind power contributes 1,000 MW to the grid, at approximately 6:00 p.m. on February 19. NYISO, 2/26. See related opinion piece in Albany Times Union, 3/1.

Town of Orleans discusses low frequency sound and wind turbines. Watertown Daily Times, 2/27

Town of Richmondville examines wind development law. Times Journal, 2/25

Babcock & Brown conducts balloon test demonstrating  height of turbines in Town of Westfield. Such balloon tests will be used by the company to produce visual simulations of the turbines from various vantage points.  Post-Journal, 2/27

Recent New York wind energy developments

From recent media reports:

Noble Environmental Power said to make three NY wind farms operational. CleanTechnica.com, 1/30

Wind fills GE’s sails in Schenectady (sorry about the pun; there are only so many available). Albany Times Union 2/7

State officials test 1.5kw turbine atop Albany’s tallest buildingTimes Herald-Record, 2/2; See also North Country Gazette, 2/4

Chemung County land owners being visited by wind developers. Star-Gazette, 2/1

Genessee Community College to host community wind forum on February 18:

Genesee Community College is pleased to host a free Community Wind Forum on February 18 from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. at the Batavia campus in room T102. The forum will be presented by Pace Energy and Climate Center, a program of Pace University. The forum will include a basic introduction to wind energy; a discussion of the Community wind model, including community organizing and project financing and ownership models; and a question and discussion period. The Community Wind Forum is free and community members, especially planners, municipal officials, and students are encouraged to attend. Genessee.edu, 2/2

Town of Orleans wind committee examines sound standards. Watertown Daily Times, 2/8

In neighboring Vermont, state’s highest court permits 16-turbine Sheffield wind project to proceed by upholding Vermont Public Service Board issuance of a certificate of public good (CPG) to UPC Vermont Wind, LLC.. Timesargus.com, 2/7. The decision is here.

New York wind energy updates

Recent press and web articles include:

Town of Howard 25-turbine wind project advances. Hornell Evening Tribune, 1/28

Town of Hunter (Greene County) may extend wind moratorium. Daily Mail, 1/23

Town of Orleans wind committee develops. Watertown Daily Times, 1/26

New payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement advances Town of Prattsburgh wind project. The Corning Leader, 1/23 and  The Steuben Courier, 1/25

Cape Vincent wind committee discusses sebacks. Watertown Daily Times, 1/23

Town of Clayton wind committee to hold open future meetings. Watertown Daily Times, 1/23

Article on “Green Jobs“, including those relating to wind energy and in Clinton County,  in the The Nation, 1/28

New York wind power updates

From recent press and web reports:

More locals siting their own renewable energy systems to generate power. WSYR.com, 1/19

Ellisburg residents oppose transmission line for Galloo Island wind project. Watertown Daily Times, 1/22

Town of Enfield passes wind zoning law with setback requirements lesser than those recommended by Tompkins County. Ithaca Journal, 1/15 and 1/16

Town of Farmersville re-adopts wind zoning law after more complete environmental review. Buffalo News, 1/15

Town of Hartsville considers wind development moratorium. Hornell Evening Tribune, 1/15

Town of Irondequoit discusses wind zoning law.  Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 1/21

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announces “Backyard Wind Power” program to provide rebates to homeowners, businesses, municipalities, and nonprofits seeking to harness power from the wind through the use of land-based wind turbines. LIPA, 1/21 Per LIPA, the program will

help transform the market for wind systems on Long Island by achieving the following:

  • Increasing consumer awareness and market demand for wind systems;
  • Accelerating the development of a robust, self sustaining local infrastructure for the delivery and the maintenance of quality wind systems;
  • Developing a mechanism to overcome financial market barriers; and
  • Accelerating the cost reduction of wind systems while increasing reliability and performance.

    Town of Orleans wind committee focuses on safety issues. Watertown Daily Times, 1/17

    Town of Wilson (Niagara County) passes wind development moratorium. Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, 1/22

    New York wind energy siting updates

    Iberdrola carries out purchases of Energy East Broome County real estate as part of acquisition transaction. Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, 11/22

    Setbacks and sound issues examined by Town of Cape Vincent (Jefferson County) wind committee. Watertown Daily Times, 11/21

    Towns of Clayton and Orleans (Jefferson County) forming wind committees to propose draft siting regulations. Watertown Daily Times, 11/20

    Village of Fair Haven (Cayuga County) considers local law regulating wind energy conversion systems. Auburn Citizen, 11/21

    Anti-wind development group grows in Town of Hammond (St. Lawrence County). Watertown Daily Times, 11/24

    North Harmony (Chautauqua County) resident obtains zoning approvals, raises 100kw wind turbine for home use. Post-Journal, 11/21

    Towns in Orange County confronting small scale wind projects without zoning in place. Times Herald-Record, 11/20

    General-interest wind stories

    Generic article on how economic challenges are impacting wind development in New York state. Associated Press, published in Newsday, 11/23

    Ithaca Journal editorial favors more state, county guidance in wind energy facility siting. Ithaca Journal, 11/18

    GE ships its 10,000th wind turbine, capacity sold through 2010. Bloomberg News in Albany Times Union, 11/18

    The American Wind Energy Association has announced a New Wind Agenda for the new President and Congress. It includes a plank on siting (with an emphasis on federal issues):

    Policy recommendation: Proposals for responsibly-sited renewable energy projects on federal lands (including offshore waters) should be prioritized and federal agencies should create review processes that are streamlined, transparent and timely, with permitting and review capabilities that are scaled up as needed to meet demand.

    Federal agencies have a key part to play in developing our renewable energy potential because of their role in the siting of wind projects and new transmission lines, especially on federal lands. Proposals for responsibly-sited renewable energy projects on federal lands (including offshore waters) should be prioritized and federal agencies should create review processes that are streamlined, transparent and timely, with permitting and review capabilities that are scaled up as needed to meet demand. In addition, the President should direct the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security to adopt a cooperative approach to resolving possible conflicts between wind projects and radar operations. Each federal agency should be asked to plan how it will use its authority to facilitate the growth of wind power and other renewable energy sources.

    New York wind developments 8/22

    Hammond (St. Lawrence County) wind ordinance

    Councilmen conflict described in the Watertown Daily Times:

    Two town councilmen won’t vote on a proposed wind farm ordinance, because they’ve signed contracts to lease their own land to a wind developer.

    Orleans (Jefferson County) wind ordinance

    Residents seek increased regulation, as reported in Watertown Daily Times:

    Residents continue to push for tighter restrictions on wind turbine placement through amendments to the town’s zoning law.

    Jiminy Peak ski resort (Massachusetts)

    This is not strictly speaking a New York story, but with a chill in the upstate air of late, this InformationWeek story on the success of a single turbine at a popular destination for New York ski enthusiasts seems worth a mention. With New York’s recent net metering expansion legislation being enacted, one would expect to see businesses and farms in New York begin to enter the distributed energy sector like this ski resort successfully has:

    Jiminy Peak, a western Mass. mountain resort, marked the one year anniversary on August 15 of flipping the switch and connecting its 1.5 megawatt GE wind turbine to the grid. The turbine, nicknamed Zephyr, is now generating a full third of the ski resort’s power. But getting there wasn’t exactly a breeze.