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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 8, 2018 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Sounding off in Arkwright

Expect more noise from the opposition despite a recent study that found the wind turbines in Arkwright are within compliance. While Town Board members may be confident in the findings, those opposed to the turbines are just the opposite. The study, paid for by the town, was done in the middle of October. Wind speeds, according to the documents, did not exceed 13 mph. “The turbine levels of 37 to 44 (decibels) recorded are considerably below the compliance level of . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Henderson sues Hounsfield over law that could aid Galloo Island Wind project development

The town of Henderson is again suing neighboring Hounsfield over a matter related to the development of a wind turbine project on Galloo Island, which is in Hounsfield. Henderson filed action Thursday in state Supreme Court alleging, among other things, that Hounsfield amended its zoning law to include wind power generating facilities under its definition of “essential services” without notifying Henderson of its intent to do so. “They tried to sneak a change into their zoning law without anyone noticing . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Arkwright gets heated over wind towers

ARKWRIGHT – Opinions are mixed about the windtowers now operating in Arkwright. “The windmills are producing power at the highest capacity that EDPR has in all of its windmill projects,” Arkwright Supervisor Fred Norton stated at the town board’s regular November meeting. “They’re very pleased with it.” According to Norton, there will be a reduction in the town tax this year as well. “I’ve been advised that payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) that will be due to us will come . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2018 • Massachusetts, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm near Martha’s Vineyard in jeopardy

Rhode Island fishing interests, given the authority to weigh in on offshore wind projects that could damage their livelihoods, are flexing their muscles. As a result, a 94-turbine wind farm planned for waters south of Martha’s Vineyard is in serious jeopardy. Like Deepwater Wind’s South Fork Wind farm planned off of Montauk, the Vineyard Wind project is owned by European energy companies with global wind-farm interests. Rhode Island, as part of the permitting process, asked for and was given “Federal . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Farmersville resident presents wind turbine concerns to Cattaraugus County Board of Health members

OLEAN – A Farmersville resident in the proposed footprint of the Alle-Catt Wind Farm expressed her concerns Monday to members of the Cattaraugus County Board of Health and asked them to support additional health studies. Jeanie McCarthy of Farmersville United, a group of residents opposed to the setbacks and proposed noise levels of the 120-turbine wind farm, urged the Board of Health to look into the issue of infrasound from industrial turbines – sound below 20 Hz and low-frequency noise inside homes. . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Farmersville board to discuss residents survey on wind turbines

FARMERSVILLE – The Farmersville Town Board will meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Town Hall to discuss a wind turbine survey the board plans to send to residents. Supervisor Robert Karcher said Friday board members will discuss the survey then go over some resolutions at the meeting. The proposed 380 megawatt Alle-Catt Wind Farm would have 24 wind turbines in Farmersville up to 585 feet tall from tip to ground. Karcher said the town plans to complete . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2018 • Letters, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, solar farms would scar the Adirondacks

Are you aware the Adirondack Park Agency has quietly made a move toward embracing industrial wind and solar development inside the Blue Line in its Nov. 9 “Policy on Renewable Energy Production and Energy Supply Guidance” document (https://apa.ny.gov/_assets/Agency%207%20Energy%20Policy%20-%2010-29-18.pdf)? We believe the impact of this decision would scar the Adirondacks forever. Weigh in on this extremely important issue regarding the future of the Adirondacks at publiccomment@apa.ny.gov. Although the deadline is Dec. 3, don’t be dissuaded from voicing your concerns. Learn what . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

New York plans for wind energy, related jobs

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. – While offshore wind has dominated the energy agenda in the Northeast this year, New York officials are taking care to nurture the economic potential of onshore wind as well. “In New York, new turbine technologies and cost reduction mean that land-based wind opportunities for the state are growing,” Alicia Barton, head of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, said Tuesday at a summit hosted by the New York State Laborers’ Organizing Fund (NYSLOF). Barton cited . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Adirondack Park Agency taking comment on renewable energy production, energy supply policy

Adirondack Park Agency accepting public comment on renewable energy production, energy supply policy through Dec. 3 The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment on its draft policy for Renewable Energy Production and Energy Supply. The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance for the review and approval of renewable energy projects inside the Adirondack Park with regards to the Adirondack Park Agency Act, the Freshwater Wetlands Act and the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act. The policy . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

CPF Advisory Board to explore alternative energy plan

The Community Preservation Fund (CPF) Advisory Board has agreed to meet with representatives of Renewable Energy Long Island to discuss creating solar fields and wind energy sites. Committee Chairman Gordon Gooding was skeptical about whether CPF money could be used for those purposes. The CPF is funded by a 2 percent tax that buyers pay when purchasing East End properties and is used to purchase open space for preservation and to fund water protection programs. But Mr. Gooding agreed to . . . Complete story »

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