New York wind project and siting developments

From recent press reports and the blogosphere:

Bonus wind energy quote of the day:

I look at it as my midlife thing. Some people get a Corvette, or a new woman. I got a windmill.

-Steve Rigoni of the Town of Pavilion (Genesee County) quoted in Buffalo News, 12/2, article on small-scale residential wind generation. Related story at WHEC-TV, 12/2

Group of landowners interested in publicly owned wind farms to host informational meeting on municipal wind projects December 13 in Town of Cape Vincent (Jefferson County). Watertown Daily Times, 12/2

Town of Pompey (Onondaga County) enacts wind development moratorium. Syracuse Post-Standard, 12/4. Text of Local Law No. 5 of 2008 imposing the six-month wind power generating facilities moratorium is here. It is a broad moratorium and covers small-scale turbines.

Interesting thought piece from Albany Law’s Patty Salkin on the New York State Attorney General’s efforts to regulate wind project siting. Is this a backdoor attempt by the AG to regulate municipal zoning officers? International Municipal Lawyers Association – Local Government Blog, 12/3