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.
An environmental advocacy group is proposing a carbon tax in New York to generate revenue to invest in renewable energy. NY Renews is a coalition of organizations committed to reducing threats to the planet resulting from climate change. Its members include Syracuse United Neighbors and CNY Solidarity Climate Justice. Coalition members referenced a study conducted by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. It reports that New York must invest between $4 billion and $5.5 . . .
Parishville man who will sit on state wind siting board steps down as chairman of Concerned Citizens for Rural Preservation
PARISHVILLE – A Parishville man who will serve as an ad hoc member the New York Siting Board on Electronic Siting and the Environment has stepped down as the chairman of the Concerned Citizens for Rural Preservation (CCRP). The CCRP is a group of citizens that are opposed to the North Ridge Wind Energy Project that would see around 40 500-foot wind turbines built in Parishville and Hopkinton. Gary Snell resigned from his post with CCRP Nov. 9. He said he . . .
The Development Authority of the North Country just released a land use study covering Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. The report makes ninety-four recommendations about every land use issue you could think that might affect Fort Drum and the surrounding community. About 25 people gathered in the Watertown high school cafeteria on Tuesday night to voice their opinions on the myriad issues that the study covers. Michelle Capone is the director of regional development at the Development Authority of . . .
LOWVILLE – Lowville town officials will allow the Number Three Wind project to have part of its transmission line overhead – just not the roughly two-mile portion in a residential area. Councilmen by a 5-0 vote Thursday granted a zoning waiver allowing an overhead line from the proposed wind farm’s switchyard down to Route 26; however, they required that the section between Route 26 and Route 812 be buried to address visual concerns raised by East Road residents at hearings held both . . .
Fishermen are worried about an offshore wind farm proposed 30 miles out in the Atlantic from Montauk, NY, the largest fishing port in the state. They say those wind turbines – and many others that have been proposed – will impact the livelihood of fishermen in New York and New England. Scallop fisherman Chris Scola fishes in an area 14 miles off of Montauk. He and his two-man crew spend 2 ½ hours motoring there, then 10 more dredging the . . .
CASSADAGA – Members of the group Concerned Citizens of Cassadaga Wind Project, acting as interveners, have hired environmental lawyer Gary Abraham, in their fight to try and stop the Cassadaga wind project. Abraham said although the Siting Board is scheduled to make their final decision by mid-January, that decision isn’t necessarily going to be a black-and-white one; approve or disapprove. “It’s more complicated than that,” Abraham said. “They could not allow it, they could decide not to issue a certificate of . . .
WATERTOWN – As the community looked toward potential development conflicts with Fort Drum, wind turbines kept coming to the forefront. In Jefferson County, the issue has sparked a coalition among Fort Drum advocates, echoing military concerns about the impact of turbines on aviation and weather radar systems, and residents who oppose turbine projects in the area. “We don’t want anything to happen to Fort Drum, we love Fort Drum,” said Cindy L. Grant, a Clayton resident who has spoken against the . . .
What more does APEX need to know?!? They are not wanted in our town and if they are as community conscious as they say, they should leave. But they haven’t left. What does that tell you about APEX? I can let you know what it tells me. It tells me that after: • all of APEX’s exhortations that they will not stay where they’re not wanted, • all of the surveys, statements of opposition and multiple election cycles reinforcing opposition . . .
CASSADAGA – The New York State Board on Electric Generation and the Environment (Siting Board) recently issued a public notice regarding a recent wind farm decision made by judges from the Department of Public Service and the Department of Environmental Conservation. The two departments are recommending that the Siting Board grant a certificate to Cassadaga Wind LLC, allowing the construction and operation of a wind farm in the towns of Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Arkwright and Stockton. According to the Siting Board’s . . .
One of Fort Drum’s biggest assets and a key to its future is the airspace above it, says one’s the post’s strategic planners. “You’d have to go down to Florida. You’d have to go west of the Mississippi, upwards of Alaska to get what you can right here at Fort Drum.” said Lieutenant Colonel Todd Polk, Fort Drum strategic planner. In the air traffic control tower at Wheeler-Sack Airfield, radar keeps an eye on all that airspace. “What you see . . .