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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.


September 13, 2019 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Area’s profile appeals to wind developers

PORTLAND – Motorists driving along Route 20 are beginning to see lawn signs regarding a divisive issue that has become highly talked about in this town: the prospect of wind turbines. This is far from anything new to the north county region. Around 15 years ago, the towns of Westfield and Ripley were fairly united in a campaign against the windmills. Many bumper stickers and placards noted at the time, “Good idea. Bad location.” One of the reasons for the opposition . . . Complete story »


September 13, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Comments on both sides heard aloud at public hearing for wind turbine project in Sanford and Windsor

The New York State Public Service Commision held an open discussion to place wind turbines in the towns of Sanford and Windsor, regarding the company Bluestone Wind’s petition to get certified for the project. According to a press release sent out, the company will be filing an application on September 18 to construct a wind-powered electric generating facility in both towns. The project would include 27 new wind turbines including 4 in Windsor and 23 in Sanford. This comes after . . . Complete story »


September 13, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Villenova residents bash plan to end planning board

VILLENOVA – The fate of Villenova’s planning board is still in limbo following Wednesday’s standing room only meeting. A rather large crowd for such a small space gathered and voiced their concerns over the potential loss the town. “New York town law allows, but does not require there to be a planning board,” Town Attorney Donald Michalak started as the public hearing to discuss the dissolution began. “The authority of a town board to appoint a planning board is entirely permissive . . . Complete story »


September 13, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

State approves 242-megawatt wind farm in northern Steuben County

A state siting board today gave approval to developers to build a wind farm and supporting infrastructure in northern Steuben County, close to the Livingston County line. The 242-megawatt Baron Winds wind farm, which will be constructed and operated by a subsidiary of the German energy company, innogy, will consist of up to 68 wind turbines. The turbines will be 492 feet tall and will be spread out over acres of privately-owned agricultural and recreational land in the towns of . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill opponents air their grievances

Opponents of large windmill projects attended a panel discussion in the ECC North auditorium Tuesday sponsored by state Senator Robert Ortt. Those in attendance were told neighbors can’t hear the most damaging sounds from the turbines, inaudible low frequency sounds. “The scale of wind turbine noise in the United States is not unsimilar to what happened when jet aircraft started proliferating,” said noise control engineer Rob Rand. “Although what I’m seeing in the wind turbine deployment is that there’s very . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Ortt hosts forum on the health effects of wind turbines

State Senator Rob Ortt hosted a forum at ECC’s North Campus on Tuesday afternoon to help the public better understand some of the possible health effects of building wind turbines. Most windmill projects fall underneath the Article 10 Law, which is a New York State process that guides energy projects that project over a certain amount of production. Basically, it’s a statewide board that is tasked with determining whether these kinds of projects should go forward. According to Ortt, he . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Planning board votes down wind project referral

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Planning Board had to repeat an action it took last year. On Tuesday, the planning board voted to disapprove the town of Villenova’s zoning referral for the Ball Hill Wind Energy project. In July 2018, the planning board also disapproved of the town’s zoning referral. Douglas Bowen, planning board chairman, said in the resolution the reason the board disapproved of the zoning referral is because of the additional proposed height of the wind turbine towers changing . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project in Broome still in the works: Here’s how to comment on the plan

New York regulators are conducting a public comment session Thursday in Windsor to gather comments on a request for “a lightened regulatory regime” on issues related to Calpine’s 124-megawatt wind energy project in eastern Broome County. Calpine wants to install 27 turbines – four in the Town of Windsor, and 23 in the Town of Sanford – capable of producing enough electricity to supply about 90,000 homes. The turbines will measure, at maximum, nearly 670 feet from the base of the tower . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Fulton County to fully tax renewable energy projects

FULTON COUNTY – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to opt out of a New York state tax exemption for renewable energy projects, including those involving solar, wind and farm waste. While New York state property tax law offers a 15-year tax exemption for renewable energy projects, local governments have the ability to opt-out and fully tax the projects as capital upgrades to existing property. Only Stratford Supervisor Allicia Rice and Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Greg Young, both Democrats, . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Senator Ortt to host forum on wind turbines

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. – The public will have the chance to learn about the possible health impacts of building wind turbines in Lake Erie on Tuesday. Senator Robert Ortt is hosting a forum. The meeting will feature experts in the fields of acoustics, audiology, and health, as well as individuals who have experienced living with turbines in their communities. The forum will take place Tuesday, September 10 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Geaser Hall on the ECC North Campus, . . . Complete story »


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