[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Wind farm site plan expected in early ’11 

Credit:  By Nancy Madsen, Times Staff Writer, Watertown Daily Times, www.watertowndailytimes.com 31 October 2010 ~~

CAPE VINCENT – St. Lawrence Wind Farm developer Acciona Wind Energy USA is predicting an early 2011 submission of the site plan application for the project.

“We’ve got some work to do,” said Timothy Q. Conboy, project manager for Acciona. “It would be January at the earliest, or February, before we’d be ready.”

The developer first submitted a plan for the wind power project in November 2006, which triggered the state environmental quality review process. That process ended when the town Planning Board approved the final environmental impact statement and adopted findings Sept. 15.

The Planning Board adopted site plan criteria – a list of studies, plans and reports – the developer must submit during a Wednesday night meeting that was interrupted by protesters. The criteria were obtained through a Freedom of Information request.

The developer must collect consent letters or memoranda of agreements from all participating landowners, provide detailed drawings, setbacks and project boundary maps and gather required state and federal permits for the turbines, access roads, electrical collection system and transmission line.

The work remaining includes conducting an aerial survey of the project area, conducting a preliminary geotechnical investigation and developing engineering plans, Mr. Conboy said.

“There are some other components left,” he said.

The developer and town also have to agree on a road use plan, decommissioning plan, dust control plan, controlled blast plan and finalized complaint resolution plan. As the project proceeds, the developer likely will have to conduct potable well studies, as well as more detailed geotechnical evaluations, to gain site plan approval.

“On some, we are taking it to the next level of detail,” Mr. Conboy said. “With others, the Planning Board wants to see draft plans, which would be finalized as a condition of site plan approval.”

The complaint resolution plan will use sound limits described in the findings, according to the site plan criteria. The findings recognize the disparity of background sound extrapolated by the developer’s engineers and by the town’s independent engineers. But in the complaint resolution, the developer will put in the state Department of Environmental Conservation guidelines of no created noise above six decibels above background sound levels.

“The language and standard are in SEQR and we will just update it to reflect that,” he said.

The developer will work with the Development Authority of the North Country on a contingency plan in case the project’s power line construction disturbs DANC’s regional water line.

Acciona also expects to file an application for a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, but Mr. Conboy doesn’t know when that will occur yet.

Source:  By Nancy Madsen, Times Staff Writer, Watertown Daily Times, www.watertowndailytimes.com 31 October 2010

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky