Wind Power News: New York
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambition to develop enough offshore wind energy by 2030 to power 750,000 homes will require 280 square miles of ocean starting 12 to 15 miles from the Long Island shore, state officials said. In a presentation to Long Island fishing groups in Setauket last week, state officials unveiled a map outlining a massive wind-study area south of Long Island that could result in three separate wind farms in the water over the next decade. Greg Matzat, . . .
Only a few years ago, the long-held dream of harnessing the strong, steady gusts off the Atlantic coast to make electricity seemed destined to remain just that. Proposals for offshore wind farms foundered on the shoals of high costs, regulatory hurdles and the fierce opposition of those who didn’t want giant industrial machinery puncturing the pristine ocean views. Now the industry is poised to take off, just as the American political landscape and energy policy itself face perhaps the greatest . . .
Marguerite Wells from Invenergy also attended both village and town board meetings to give an update on the proposed Number Three Wind project. State officials recently announced that the proposed wind farm, which is slated to include 35 to 50 turbines in the towns of Lowville and Harrisburg, will receive a renewable energy credit purchase agreement from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. That gives a major boost to the project, as Invenergy’s three active wind farms in the state all received similar designation, Ms. Wells said. “It goes from the somewhat speculative to the 100 percent go, in our perspective,” she said.
LIPA and PSEG on Thursday completed negotiations with Deepwater Wind for a 15-turbine wind farm 30 miles from Montauk Point, paving the way for LIPA trustees to vote on the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind contract. LIPA spokesman Sid Nathan confirmed contract negotiations “successfully concluded” Thursday night, but declined to comment further. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last week telegraphed the contract’s completion and urged LIPA board members to approve it. Newsday has previously reported the project would produce 90 megawatts . . .
BARRE – “I need more information.” That was the general consensus of residents who gathered in the Barre Town Hall on Wednesday night, looking at informational boards and talking to representatives as they sought to learn more about the Heritage Wind project. The project is the second Apex Clean Energy is looking to put into Orleans County. The company has already proposed Lighthouse Wind in Yates. According to Ben Yazman, Heritage Wind lead developer, the project area would include the entire . . .
Barre, NY – Apex Clean Energy is hoping to make a dent in the skyline in the Town of Barre in Orleans County. The company formally met with taxpayers in the town Wednesday to talk about it’s proposal for the Heritage Wind Farm. The project is in its early stages, but Project Manager Ben Yazman told 13WHAM the goal is to build 40 to 50 wind turbines on farmland in the town. “Ultimately community acceptance is going to be the . . .
Also at the meeting, representatives of the Concerned Citizens for Rural Preservation spoke during the public comment period about the proposed wind power farms. The company that hopes to build a wind power farm in Parishville and Hopkinton has dozens of signed leases from property owners to allow the windmills – as high as 500 feet tall from the bases to the blade tips -- on their land. And the company says it probably will be asking the two towns, the Parishville-Hopkinton School District, and St. Lawrence County to allow the company to make payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOTs. If so, each of those entities will have to decide, one by one, if they will grant those tax breaks.
Opponents of a wind turbine project in Western New York are citing a recent Navy study done in southern Texas that talks about the issues wind turbine projects create for radar systems. A letter from Pam Atwater, of Saving Ontario Shores, to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo about the potential turbines near the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station comes as more anti-wind groups are raising concerns about turbines’ effects on military installations, like Fort Drum. Given the potential issues, “it would . . .
LAFARGEVILLE – Opponents of Atlantic Wind LLC’s Horse Creek Wind Farm asked the Orleans Town Board to adopt stricter environmental and health regulations for its wind law. Orleans Town Board members invited the public to comment on their proposed wind law amendments Thursday at the board’s monthly meeting. Clayton and Orleans residents wary of wind energy development encouraged the board to require more analyses and elaborate on its noise limits. “You have to know the way to hold these people accountable,” . . .
Pamela Atwater, president of Save Ontario Shores (SOS), has written a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo regarding a new study by the U.S. Navy that found industrial wind turbines could affect air traffic control radars. The study was done on a proposed industrial wind project near Naval Air Stations Corpus Christi and Kingsville in Texas. Citing its conclusion, which is that “close proximity to wind turbines could impact air traffic control radars and reduce target detection or create false . . .