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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.


December 12, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Eastern Broome wind farm project dealt home rule roadblock

A move by the Town of Sanford Board of Trustees may throw a monkey-wrench into plans to develop a large wind farm in eastern Broome. The board has given the nod to new regulations concerning limiting the distance of wind turbines from private property. New York State regulators are to rule December 16 on the proposed plans for the Bluestone Wind Project by Texas-based Calpine Energy. But company officials said the December 10 vote in Sanford appears to put the . . . Complete story »


December 12, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Judge who penned letter in which he called governor corrupt has resigned

A town justice in Freedom resigned while he was under investigation by a state commission for various complaints, including writing a letter to the editor in which he attacks Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a local community organization. Gary Chamberlain was the Freedom Town Court judge for a decade before he tendered his resignation in November, which was officially approved last week. The town is about 40 miles southeast of Buffalo in Cattaraugus County. On Oct. 18, 2018, Chamberlain wrote a . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Eastern Broome wind farm suffers serious setback

Town of Sanford board members delivered a stinging blow Tuesday night to prospects for a 124-megawatt wind farm in eastern Broome County. By adopting a new land use law that lengthens and redefines setback requirements for the wind turbines, the project sponsor may have to redesign the project to fit the new regulations, or, more likely, ditch it entirely. “These new standards mean this project will not proceed,” said Chris Stanton, Calpine Corp. station manager. Adoption of the new land . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

New restrictions passed on controversial wind turbine project

Residents, fighting what seemed an uphill battle against Texas-based developer Calpine, all to keep wind turbines out of eastern Broome County. Calpine has developed a plan, known as the Bluestone Wind Project, to construct more than 25 wind turbines through the Towns of Sanford and Windsor. “This was a great little town, and it’s very sad. While I have a lot of respect for those men who work here, it’s us who live with the consequences of this,” said Joanne . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Watchdog slams ‘likely infeasible’ renewable energy goals

New York’s plan to pursue a large-scale switch to renewable energy by 2030 could lead it to fall short of emissions goals set out in a landmark climate law enacted this summer, according to an independent fiscal watchdog. In a report published yesterday, the Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) said New York’s goals for renewable growth are “likely infeasible” given local opposition to new projects. The CBC called on the state to set a carbon price to meet targets in the . . . Complete story »


December 10, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Sanford Town Board to make decision on local law change ahead of the Bluestone Wind Project

SANFORD, N.Y. – The Town Board of Sanford is making its decision on whether to change the local laws of the area in relation to wind turbines on Tuesday, after over 2 months of deliberation. For over 2 years, Sanford residents have been fighting to prevent a wind turbine project from moving into the area. The Calpine Corporation has proposed the Bluestone Wind Project involving 700-foot wind turbines throughout the areas of Windsor, Deposit and Sanford. At a public hearing . . . Complete story »


December 9, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines may stay on hold in Portland

PORTLAND – Town Board members will be deciding on whether to continue a moratorium on wind projects at its next board gathering on Dec. 11. A public hearing will take place on the local law at 7 that evening with a decision likely to come during the meeting. The current moratorium expires at the end of December. EWT has proposed at least 10 wind turbines of about 325 feet high on properties that will generate up to 10 MW of power. During . . . Complete story »


December 9, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Talks accelerate on East Hampton cable for offshore wind farm

Closed-door settlement talks to finalize terms for a contested offshore wind-farm cable in East Hampton have accelerated in the past month, even as opponents of the likely landing site in Wainscott mount a counteroffensive. Negotiations have centered on increasing a community benefits package from its initial $8.5 million and addressing concerns about commercial fishing, construction and environmental issues. All are expected to be addressed before the Town of East Hampton and the separate East Hampton Town trustees, who manage the . . . Complete story »


December 8, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Public hearing on new wind law Dec. 10

Residents Say NO to Turbines The campaign to stop industrial wind turbines in Broome County from being erected by the Texas-based Calpine Corporation is coming to a climax this month. Since they found out about these secret, well advanced plans earlier this year, local people in eastern Broome have been battling against this proposal for the installation of massive industrial wind turbines, nearly 700 feet high, on the steep slopes overlooking the towns of Windsor and Deposit. When placed atop . . . Complete story »


December 7, 2019 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Sierra Club spin is tough to stomach

It is beyond disturbing to witness the Sierra Club’s fall from the grace and vision of their founder, the remarkable John Muir. It is instead pursuing a political agenda that is the antithesis of true conservation and environmentalism. Complete story »


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