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.
Members of Save Ontario Shores brought their concerns about wind turbines to New York City on Monday, when they attended the Association of Towns of New York meeting in Manhattan. Representatives of SOS gave a presentation about Apex Wind Energy’s plan to build 70 wind turbines in the towns of Somerset and Yates before town officials from all over the state. In the presentation, SOS president Pam Atwater made a reference to a 90 megawatt offshore wind farm about 30 . . .
Representatives of Save Ontario Shores met with town leaders from across New York state on Monday to continue their fight against industrial wind turbines. During a presentation Monday afternoon at the Association of Towns of New York meeting in mid-town Manhattan, Pam Atwater, SOS president, spoke to attendees about a statement made by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo during a recent State of the State address. In discussing a proposed industrial wind project 30 miles off the coast of Long Island, . . .
When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a speech last month touted an offshore wind farm 30 miles from the coast of Long Island, he made special note of its “inexpensive energy,” saying it would “drive the economy.” While the project by developer Deepwater Wind promises many many benefits, including meeting LIPA’s green-energy goals and the state’s Clean Energy Standard, it’s hard to make the case that the power it produces will be inexpensive. With an all-in development cost of $740 . . .
A federal judge has denied a bid by commercial fishermen to stop the lease of the nearly 80,000-acre New York Wind Energy Area to Statoil, ruling the fishermen failed to prove imminent harm, and that the project is still subject to years of review before construction. “The court maintains its authority to ultimately enjoin the lease in this litigation if necessary,” U.S. District Court Judge Tanya S. Chutkan wrote in her opinion. The fishing industry argument that Statoil Wind US . . .
By definition, a public servant is one who is elected or appointed into a public office to serve the people. The root of the word “servant” is “serve.” Serve the people of Hopkinton, Parishville and surrounding communities, not Iberdrola. In the past several months or more, Iberdrola Renewables has managed to infiltrate the small rural communities of Hopkinton and Parishville, secretly meeting with individuals who have tracts of land large enough to serve their purpose of constructing 500 foot wind . . .
CANTON – A Massachusetts resident warned St. Lawrence County legislators Monday night they’ll be sorry if an industrial wind farm comes to fruition in the towns of Hopkinton and Parishville. Larry P. Lorusso, a professional nature photographer from Clarksburg, Mass., gave a 30-minute slide presentation during the Legislature’s Services Committee meeting. On Sunday night about 60 people braved winter weather to hear Mr. Lorusso speak at the Parishville Town Hall. Noting that he lives about a mile from Hoosac Wind Farm, . . .
Massachusetts photographer travels to St. Lawrence County to warn officials and locals concerning controversial wind tower project
PARISHVILLE – A Massachusetts photographer warned about 60 St. Lawrence County residents last night about what he sees as the potential dangers and disadvantages of the North Ridge Wind Farm, which has divided the community. Presenter Larry Lorusso, who lives about one mile from Hoosac Wind Farm, located in Massachusetts, said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the turnout last night, even though a storm dropped about a foot of snow over much of the North Country. The meeting was held at . . .
CANTON – Opposition to a proposed wind farm in the towns of Hopkinton and Parishville has prompted St. Lawrence County Legislature to create an ad-hoc wind committee. Headed by legislator Rick Perkins, D-Parishville, the committee met for the first time Thursday and has started to gather feedback from neighboring counties that have dealt with similar projects. “Our role is to collect the information and present it to the full board. There’s a lot of information going out both ways,” Mr. Perkins . . .
The revised noise section proposed in the second set adopted the International Organization for Standardization’s noise regulations, which establish a general rural noise limit of 45 A-weighted decibels, or dBAs, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 35 dBAs from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for the town. The standard also reduces that maximum noise limit developers must follow by 5 dBAs for certain tones, low and infrasound. Mr. Rarick said the majority of the proposed noise provisions were written based on suggestions from Charles E. Ebbing, a retired acoustic engineer from LaFargeville. Mr. Burrows said he was concerned about creating noise provisions based on a standard rural noise limit and not one created by studying the town.
Gov. Cuomo doesn’t like nuclear energy. Last month, he finalized a deal that will prematurely shutter the Indian Point Energy Center, the twin-reactor facility that supplies about 25 percent of New York City’s electricity. Cuomo doesn’t like natural gas, either. In 2014, after a years-long moratorium, he banned fracking, the process used to get oil or gas from underground rock formations. But there’s one thing the governor just loves: wind energy. Indeed, three days after the Indian Point closure was . . .