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

Wind power in New York – updates

From recent press reports:

Wind developers BP Wind Energy and AES Acciona urge adoption of wind zoning law in Town of Cape Vincent (Jefferson County). Watertown Daily Times, 12/21

Town of Cherry Valley (Otsego County) official reconsidering desirability of wind development. Freeman’s Journal, 12/14 and Cooperstown Crier, 12/18

Town of Sodus (Wayne County) school district to install wind turbine, with eye toward cutting electricity bills. RNews, 12/18 Video here. July 2007 wind study here.

Scoping document finalized for Babcock & Brown Westfield-Ripley (Chautauqua County) wind farm project. Observer, 12/21. Scoping document is here.

Recent New York wind energy developments

Town of Naples accepts mitigation payment

Per the Daily Messenger (10/9), the Town of Naples (Ontario County) voted to accept a payment from developer First Wind to mitigate potential harm to historical assets in the town arising from wind farms in neighboring Cohocton in the western Finger Lakes region.

The town attorney is reworking an agreement between Naples and First Wind to make it clear that by accepting a cash payment, the town is not endorsing the Cohocton wind farms now under construction.

The Town Board has voted to accept $50,000 in what are called “mitigation funds,” to make up for any detrimental effect the appearance of windmills may have on Naples’ historic landmarks…

Westfield Town Board adopts final environmental scoping document

According to the Westfield Republican (10/9), the Town Board of Westfield (Chautauqua County) has adopted a final scoping document that outlines what developer Babcock & Brown will need to include in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement, required under New York’s environmental quality review act (SEQRA).

The Westfield Town Board adopted a Final Scoping Document for Babcock & Brown’s proposed Ripley-Westfield wind turbine project at its October 1st meeting. The Final Scoping Document was prepared by the Town Board, as co-lead agency with the Ripley Town Board, in conjunction with consultants from Environmental Design & Research. The Ripley Town Board is expected to discuss the document at an upcoming meeting.

Babcock & Brown Renewable Holdings, Inc., as project sponsor, submitted an application for Special Use Permit to the Towns of Westfield and Ripley in April. The proposed project would involve the installation and operation of an approximately 125-megawatt wind energy facility consisting of up to 83 wind turbine generators (WTGs). The project also includes an electrical substation, connection to a nearby electrical transmission line and 20 miles of access roadways…