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.
HOPKINTON – The Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board has approved the sound decibel limit and setbacks for the siting of contested 500-foot wind towers proposed in Hopkinton and Parishville. The advisory board decided on setting a 24-hour sound decibel limit for the noise the wind towers can produce. The board settled on 40 decibels for day and night. The vote was approved 3-2, according to Hopkinton Town Supervisor Susan Wood. Board members who voted in favor were Jody Wenzel, Mary Jane Niles . . .
A bill blocking wind turbines around military bases is pushing forward through the state Senate. The bill, introduced in January by Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, prohibits the placement of wind turbines within 40 miles of an airfield or airbase under jurisdiction of any federal military department. The legislation, S1755, cleared committee this week, and is headed for the Senate floor. “It’s vital we protect the future of bases from massive wind turbines and other wind generation structures, rather . . .
Chateaugay to review Jericho Rise host community agreement in dispute over outside noise testing of wind towers
Construction on the wind towers began in the fall of 2016, after EDP signed a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement with the county, Chateaugay Central School District, and both towns. As part of the agreement, both towns also signed a “host community agreement” with the company. When another round of noise complaints was filed, Bilow said that EDP referred to the host community agreement. Company officials claimed that the agreement allows them to refuse outside testing and that the agreement “overrides” town law, Bilow said.
New York Public Interest Research Group has notified the Town of Somerset that it will be coming to town this spring and summer for door-to-door canvassing. NYPIRG issues include consumer protection, the environment and renewable energy. In the past, this group has selected a local issue with a related petition and then solicited money to support NYPIRG’s work. We have heard from some who have worked for NYPIRG that the people who campaign are often college students and that they . . .
Proposed agreements between Apex Clean Energy and state agencies regarding what the developer will include in its Galloo Island Wind project application are available for public comment. Apex Clean Energy Thursday submitted the proposed stipulations it made with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, state Department of Public Service, state Department of Health and the state Department of Agriculture and Markets for the materials the developer will provide in its Article 10 state law review application to the DPS website, . . .
NEW BOSTON – Atlantic Wind is moving forward with its Deer River Wind Farm project, having recently filed a preliminary scoping statement as part of the Article 10 pre-application process. “We’re still very early in a long, data-driven process designed to be transparent, invite community participation and that, we hope, results in a wind farm that would create lasting economic opportunities for the local community,” said Paul N. Copleman, spokesman for Avangrid Renewables, of which Atlantic Wind is a subsidiary. Atlantic . . .
The people of a western New York community are confronting developers, the state, and each other over plans for a major new wind energy project. Just last week, the developer brought in stakeholders for a get together behind closed doors, but a provision of state law may mean local elected leaders, and voters, have no say in what happens in their backyards. “To me, it’s mesmerizing to see the windmills,” says Floyd Koerner, landowner. Floyd Koerner is looking forward to . . .
HOPKINTON – The Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board has decided on setting a 24-hour sound decibel limit for the noise the wind towers can produce. “We went with what suggestion from the acoustic noise expert,” said Jody Wenzel, vice chairman of the Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board. Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, is heading the North Ridge Wind Farm, which calls for about 40 wind towers to be constructed on land in Hopkinton and Parishville. The board settled on .40 decibels . . .
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Today’s release of the annual Power Trends report on the New York electric grid is another reminder of how much work remains to meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal of producing 50 percent of the state’s power from renewable sources by 2030. Even if developers build the vast array of wind and solar farms required to hit the goal, the electric grid needs work to be able to handle the throughput, according to Power Trends 2017, the annual . . .
WEST CARTHAGE – The Champion Town Council is considering a request to open an abandoned road to help facilitate the construction of a Lewis County wind farm. During the May Town Board meeting, Jerry Wichelns, representing Copenhagen Wind Farm, addressed the board requesting the use of Boni Road Spur, a qualified abandoned road, to transport the oversized wind tower components. Mr. Wichelns told the board that after 4½ years of development, they were in the last stages of permitting prior to . . .