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.
SANDUSKY – Developers of the proposed 107-turbine Alle-Catt Wind Farm will seek a payment in lieu of taxes – or P.I.L.O.T. – agreement valued at $1.9 million a year. That amount would be split between the towns of Freedom and Farmersville in Cattaraugus County; Centerville and Rushford in Allegany County; the town of Arcade in Wyoming County; school districts within the area and the three counties. Eric Miller, director of business development for Invenergy, said the company would be seeking a P.I.L.O.T. Corey . . .
SANDUSKY – Dozens of Freedom town residents and others attended an open house Tuesday hosted by Invenergy, a Virginia company proposing a wind farm with up to 120 turbines on 21,000 acres in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Wyoming counties. The proposed Alle-Catt Wind Farm would generate 380 MW, enough to power 148,000 homes. The cost to purchase and install the wind turbines and related infrastructure was estimated by one company official at between $500 million and $600 million. There was no formal . . .
A coalition of residents and business owners from the Thousand Islands region have banded together oppose Avangrid Renewables’ proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm. Members of River Residents Against Turbines, or River RATs, have hung up fliers, handed out pamphlets and created a website and a social media campaign to share information from the developer’s public involvement program plan for the project and their economic and environmental concerns, said Ross Holbrook, a founding member. “This is like the poster-child project for . . .
Bill Spencer, project manager of the Cassadaga Wind Farm, approached the Chautauqua County Planning Board to inquire about the next steps to approving amendments to the town of Cherry Creek’s zoning laws. Spencer would like the zoning laws to make it so that the Cassadaga Wind Farm can have 500-foot turbines, rather than the currently allowed maximum 420-foot height. “Right now we’re in the Article 10 process through the state for certification. We have asked the town of Cherry Creek . . .
ARCADE – There are public meetings coming up for a proposed project that would see some wind turbines installed within the Village and Town of Arcade, though most of the project’s footprint lies within Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. Alle-Catt Wind Farm, which is a subsidiary of Invenergy, the company who installed the turbines within the Towns of Sheldon and Orangeville, hopes to install 80-120 turbines through lease agreements with owners of private property within the project’s footprint. The hope is to . . .
What does Apex Clean Energy really care about your health? Read on… APEX Clean Energy attended the Clay County Iowa Supervisor’s Meeting on Tuesday, May 10th in order to discuss concerns raised regarding the Upland Prairie Wind Project currently proposed for Clay and Dickinson Counties in Iowa. Presenting to the Board of Supervisors was Mr. Christopher Ollson, PhD, Senior Environmental Health Scientist at Ollson Environmental Health Management. Mr. Ollson, you may remember, is the person that presented the following position . . .
LOWVILLE – A pair of state administrative law judges have awarded $30,000 in intervenor funding to the three towns involved with the Deer River Wind Farm project and an additional $5,000 to a “concerned citizen” also looking to participate in the review process. Judges James A. Costello from the Department of Public Service and Lisa Wilkinson from the Department of Environmental Conservation during an Article 10 pre-application hearing Wednesday approved payouts of $16,000 to the town of Pinckney, $10,500 to the . . .
The failure of the New York State Legislature to understand the importance of Senate Bill 1755 in ensuring the long-term health of defense bases and national borders in New York State is absolutely astounding. The ban on industrial wind turbine projects within 40 miles of airfields and military air bases (as addressed in Sen. Robert Ortt’s priority bill) would have freed the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and its 3,000 employees from a critical base assessment criterion of the Base . . .
CANTON – St. Lawrence County legislators have tabled plans that would have called for large-scale wind developers who make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTS) to be required to pay the full-assessed property tax value. A resolution that said any PILOT agreement with wind facilities capable of producing 25 megawatts of wind power or more “require annual payments to the county in an amount equal to that which the county would have received in real property taxes” was proposed at . . .
The July 3 News article, “Small towns are resisting large-scale wind farms,” provides very good insight into several towns’ efforts to restrict industrialization of their communities with massive wind turbines, despite New York State’s Article 10 process, which strips constitutionally guaranteed home rule from these communities and gives the decision authority to a state siting board, the majority of whom are Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointees, who are more than happy to bow to his agenda. The article also stated the . . .