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HENDERSON — The Town Council last week adopted a resolution to oppose wind energy development near Fort Drum.
The Town of Somerset's proposed new zoning laws don't mention Apex Clean Energy by name, but no doubt they were written with the company in mind. The zoning code amendments, introduced at the town board's Dec. 13 business meeting, constitute an outright ban on commercial-scale wind turbines in this small, rural community.
The Parishville Town Council spoke out against wind development near Fort Drum, unanimously approving a resolution opposing such projects.
The developer of the Galloo Island Wind project will not move on to the last stretch of the Article 10 review process until it addresses several deficiencies in its project application. A letter by John B. Rhodes, chairman of the state Public Service Commission, identifying the deficiencies in the project application, can be accessed by clicking the document icon on this page.
Who should decide how each New York town will contribute to a more sustainable future? If your answer is the wind turbine companies and the leaseholders, then you invite division, acrimony and toxicity, and you underestimate the power of subsidiarity, home rule and — most importantly — the people.
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.
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. But these days it shows more than aircraft. The blue patches are the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lewis County and the wind farm on Wolfe Island. Each turbine shows up separately and adds to the radar load.
Once a lease or an option to lease, which gives the company the ability to use the lease or not as they see fit, is signed, it is very difficult to re-negotiate. Everything from the location of the lease and easements for roads to decommissioning the structures at the end of their life has to be worked out, and leases often last for 20 to 40 years.
The New York State Board on Electric Generation and the Environment (Siting Board) issued a public notice regarding a recent wind farm decision made by judges from the Department of Public Service (DPS) and the Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday.
SOMERSET — Many residents attended the Somerset budget hearing on Wednesday to get an explanation on the proposed town tax increase of 113 percent.
LOWVILLE — About a dozen union representatives spent a few hours Tuesday morning outside the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency protesting the use of out-of-state, nonunion workers on the Copenhagen Wind Farm project.
With a tradition of home rule and spirited opposition to large-scale projects, New York is a tough place for building, she said. Thus, ACE NY needs to focus on getting projects built, Reynolds said. “Without this new focus, and without individual projects succeeding, our collective progress will be on paper only,” she said.
The Development Authority of the North Country’s Fort Drum Joint Land Use Study covers 25 areas of compatibility, from housing availability, biological resources, energy development and noise. When finished, the study is also expected to become a key part of the debate over wind turbine development in areas near the post.
The developer for the Galloo Island Wind project and retired biologist Clifford P. Schneider are at odds about whether Mr. Schneider qualifies to have an authoritative voice in the state Article 10 review process for the project. “There are certain standards to be met and he doesn’t appear to meet any of them,” said Neil T. Habig, senior director of project development for the developer, Apex Clean Energy.
Members of the Concerned Citizens of Cassadaga Wind Project are protesting around the county to “raise public awareness about the impacts of these wind farm projects,” said organizer Joni Riggle. “If the public did their research, they would not want these farms destroying our rural and agricultural lands.
How could Avangrid possibly claim that these five permanent members are any less biased than Mr. Snell? Two of the Siting Board members are heads of agencies (the DPS and NYSERDA) that have very direct roles in promoting and financing the deployment of large-scale renewable energy projects in New York. Accomplishing that deployment is at the core of their official governmental duty. NYSERDA, in particular, is an unabashed and aggressive advocacy organization for more renewable energy in New York.
Scott A. Gray, chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators, properly connected the dots between the employment practices of EDF Renewable Energy and the county’s taxation rule for wind projects. “The fact that they are not hiring local people solidifies our position going forward that full taxation is the right position,”
“There’s two separate topics: Wind power, renewables, I support,” he said. “Wind power that would affect Fort Drum is a totally different issue. Fort Drum is a very important economic engine, and we wouldn’t want to do anything to dilute that.”
PARISHVILLE — Avangrid Renewables, the wind tower company that wants to build wind turbines in Parishville and Hopkinton, had their motion denied to have a Parishville resident removed from the state siting board.
The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a resolution opposing the development of eight industrial wind turbine projects in proximity to Fort Drum, citing concerns that the turbines will impact training capabilities.