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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.

February 14, 2018 • Letters, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Somerset board did the right thing

The residents of the towns of Somerset and Yates at a public hearing on Jan. 29 again resoundingly spoke out against industrial wind turbines. In a packed room of over 60 individuals, 40 spoke out. By a factor of 3:1, supporters of the proposed tightening of the existing industrial wind turbine laws outnumbered those opposed. Opposition arguments again fell flat, as the same rhetoric Apex has been peddling for the last four years fell on deaf ears. The Somerset Town . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

East Hampton Town Trustees lay out list of benefits they want from Deepwater Wind

The East Hampton Town Trustees have laid out a proposed community benefits package to Deepwater Wind in exchange for permission to allow the company’s power line from the proposed wind farm off Montauk to come ashore on Trustee property in Wainscott. Deepwater Wind had offered a package of $600,000 in community benefits through two funds established to offset impacts on local baymen. But in a letter on Monday, the clerk of the Board of Trustees, Francis J. Bock, told company . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Hopkinton Town Board does not need to revise wind law before developer files application

HOPKINTON – Following some incorrect information, the Hopkinton Town Board learned that it does not have to revise its wind law before Avangrid Renewables files its application for a wind farm. In speaking with legal representative with the state Public Service Commission, Paul Agresta, Hopkinton Town Councilwoman Kelly Pullano was able to confirm that the passing a wind law did not need to be done immediately. “He said the wind law and zoning is entirely up to the board and . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • Letters, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines south of SH 72 will impact watershed

There is a big difference between south and north of 72.,.it is called the “Watershed” In case some don’t realize who live in Hopkinton and the surrounding towns, most of our water supply can be traced back to the Watershed south of 72. What happens when extensive blasting and driving is done for the 20 or more steel pilings needed to support each massive 500-600 foot industrial wind tower? It disrupts the water flow deep in the bedrock. Yes, they . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Town of Yates passes more restrictions on wind energy projects

The Town of Yates has changed its law to put more restrictions on where wind turbines can be erected as part of its continuing battle to keep the Lighthouse Wind project out of town. The amendments prohibit wind energy conversion systems from being built within three miles of the Lake Ontario shoreline and within a half mile to one mile from other parts of the town in Orleans County. Apex Clean Energy has proposed building up to 70 turbines, each . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Hopkinton delays discussion of wind law

HOPKINTON – After about 40 minutes of public comment on a new proposed wind law, the Hopkinton Town Board tabled discussion of the issue to a special session later this month. The new wind law would replace the current town law, passed in 2011. It would regulate the North Ridge Wind Energy Project, which the energy company Avangrid plans to establish in the town. During the meeting, the board shared correspondence about the law, including a letter from Jody Wentzel, a . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Residents pushing back against the wind

ORANGEVILLE, N.Y. – Like many Wyoming County residents, it was the simple beauty of the land that attracted Linda Makson. In 1973, after years of saving, she and her husband Paul bought 24 acres in Orangeville and built the house that they live in to this day. Through all that time, they developed as little of their land as possible, preferring to keep it natural and a haven for wildlife. “We chose to live here. We have a little land; we’re . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Yates approves revised wind ordinance with farther setbacks for turbines, ban by lakeshore

YATES – The Yates Town Board has approved revisions to the town’s wind energy facilities law that bans wind turbines from within 3 miles of the Lake Ontario shoreline and also requires bigger property setbacks of at least a half mile. The proposed revisions also insist turbines be quieter than the current regulations. The Town Board passed the law on Thursday evening in a 4-1 vote. Wes Bradley voted no, while Town Supervisor Jim Simon and board members Harold Suhr, . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Post-application open house held for Number Three Wind project

LOWVILLE – One month after submitting an Article 10 application for the proposed Number Three Wind Farm, Invenergy officials held another set of open houses Thursday to give residents a project update. With the application involving roughly 2,000 pages of information, developers felt that “kind of warranted an open house” so local residents could hear first-hand about the project’s current iteration and the process moving forward, Invenergy representative Marguerite Wells said. Around 20 people attended the first two-hour session, most of . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns arise over Mad River Wind Farm project

The comment period has ended for comments concerning siting of the proposed Mad River Wind Farm in the towns of Redfield and Worth. The period was supposed to end in mid-January, but was extended until Jan. 31 at the request of the town of Worth. Redfield, Oswego County and the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust filed their comments before the comment period was extended. Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Spanish energy company Iberdrola, is proposing a 350-megawatt project of up . . . Complete story »

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