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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


October 15, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Moratorium on Portland wind turbines may get extended

PORTLAND – It appears the Town Board is leaning toward extending its moratorium on permits and applications for windmills, which is due to expire on Dec. 26. Daniel Schrantz, town supervisor, said what he and town board members are currently hearing in regard to the proposed turbines in the town is not favorable. In addition, there is no concrete number when it comes to how these projects will affect town revenues. “Right now there’s very little benefit to the town of . . . Complete story »


October 10, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Negotiation puts wind in proposed Community Fund sails

LOWVILLE – After some targeted negotiations with Invenergy, parent company of the Number Three Wind Farm, the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency was able to secure an increase to the standard payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, PILOT, so part of the money beyond that expected by taxing jurisdictions can go into a fund for economic development projects. According to the IDA’s Board Chairman Joseph Lawrence, added to the PILOT payment of what has become the standard in the county, $8,000 per kilowatt, will be an . . . Complete story »


October 9, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Deepwater giving up on Wainscott landing site?

Ørsted/Eversource Energy, which purchased Deepwater Wind, may be prepared to give up on its plan to bring an offshore cable onto Beach Lane in Wainscott. At 4 PM October 7, as this newspaper went to press, Ørsted, which was scheduled “to hold an important settlement conference in Albany relating to the location of the transmission line” for the offshore wind project to be constructed in the Town of East Hampton, abruptly canceled the meeting, scheduled for the following day. “Deepwater . . . Complete story »


October 8, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Health Board considers turbine regulation

Members of the Chautauqua County Board of Health are considering stepping up Health Department regulation of industrial wind turbines. At its most recent meeting, Health Board members discussed three potential actions. The first is a moratorium on construction of industrial wind turbines until there have been further studies on the topic that would provide local officials with more guidance. The second potential action is sending a letter to the county’s towns stating the Board of Health’s concerns with industrial wind . . . Complete story »


October 5, 2019 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Ailments in Arkwright circle back to turbines

It often takes medical science a long time to recognize a fully documented problem. For example, as early as 1954, x-rays were known to produce cancer in newborns whose mothers were x-rayed. Research scientist Alice Stewart’s extensive documentation of the correlation between x-rays and infant cancer was finally published in Lancet in 1956, but the medical establishment rebuffed it for another 25 years. “It wasn’t until 1980 that the American medical organizations recommend that the practice be abandoned.” That story . . . Complete story »


October 5, 2019 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind: A bad buy for the energy-hungry

New York state’s installed wind capacity is currently 1987 megawatts from 28 projects throughout the state. This is almost equal to the 2,080 MW of capacity at the Indian Point Nuclear facility, which operates at 95 to 98 percent of capacity, providing clean, zero-emission and, most importantly, dependable electricity. Indian Point can therefore be relied upon for an average of 2,000 MW of electricity. You might think with almost 2,000 MW of wind capacity, the contribution to the state’s electrical . . . Complete story »


October 4, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Officials grapple over regulating renewable energy projects

With a number of renewable energy projects underway in Chenango County, local officials are grappling with regulating their development. A solar farm in Norwich, billed as one of the largest in the state, is nearing completion, according to Jeffrey Mayer, CEO of Solar Farms New York. Comprising 52,569 panels at an estimated total cost of $22 million, the project is slated for completion by December, according to Mayer. Solar Farms New York leased the property from David Evans, Norwich town . . . Complete story »


October 3, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Long Island offshore wind farm moves forward, despite local opposition

New York inches closer to its first offshore wind farm as developers reached a lease option agreement with a Montauk fishing cooperative. Orsted, the Denmark-based developer, announced the agreement to build an operations and maintenance facility for the South Fork Wind Farm on property owned by Inlet Seafood in Montauk. The wind farm’s employees will use the facility to dock their vessels and transfer personnel to and from the turbines. Dave Aripotch is a commercial fisherman and a co-owner of . . . Complete story »


October 1, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Guilford town officials pass energy law amid public controversy

GUILFORD – Town of Guilford board members met on Wednesday night and passed a renewable energy law despite facing opposition from several community members who expressed concern about the impacts wind energy could have on their families. The renewable energy law was passed unanimously by the Guilford Town Board, and while the vote was taking place individuals from the crowd stood up and walked out of the room. Some were yelling at that time, and one person knocked over a . . . Complete story »


October 1, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers question Albany meeting location for Long Island wind project

ALBANY – Two members of the state Legislature are criticizing the Department of Public Service for scheduling a meeting in Albany next week regarding a Long Island wind project. In a letter to the Department of Public Service on Monday, state Sen. Ken LaValle, R-Long Island, and Assemblyman Fred Thiele, I-Sag Harbor, asked officials to relocate a conference about the location of a transmission line for an offshore wind farm. The meeting is booked for Oct. 8 at the public . . . Complete story »


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