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Monday, December 9, 2013
Read this before you attend tonight's New York State Public Service Commission Procedural Conference at the Cape Elementary at 7:00:
Sunday, December 8, 2013
"Please show up. Please let the officials who will decide the outcome of this matter know that you care about this enough to be there. It will matter."
The conference is open to the public. It is expected that the Applicant, the municipal and local parties, and other persons or parties interested in Case 12 – F – 0410 will be in attendance and participate in the conference.
KATHLEEN H. BURGESS
Secretary to the New York State Siting Board
Saturday, December 7, 2013
By: Sam Houghton, December 6, 2013, The Enterprise
"Amidst the recent ups and downs in wind markets across the U.S., in 2013, New York State saw its stream of project development slow to a trickle."
Thank you to a JLL contributor for this post.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Industrial wind is a legal mess. It is time for the New York State Public Service Commission to just throw them out of the Thousand Islands and Golden Crescent Regions of New York State.
Galloo Island Wind Farm developers sued over allegedly unpaid engineering bill
TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congressman Bill Owens is on the same side of the Town of Cape Vincent Article 10 industrial wind siting issue as the Current Town Board under Supervisor Urban Hirschey.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
npr reports that British Petroleum will attend the Monday, Dec 9 Public Service Commission procedural conference to be held in Cape Vincent. (Cape Elementary - 7:00 PM)
Meeting Monday in Cape Vincent could shed light on wind farm's future
“We’re focusing on bicycling and outdoor things like that, which is big on Wolfe Island and in Cape Vincent,”
Cape Vincent, Canadian neighbors decide Interstate 81 billboard won’t ‘linger longer’
TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Town of Cape Vincent pro wind expresses embarrassment over letters sent by the Town to the New York State Public Service Commission.
Karen Sumpf: In some ways, I am expanding a little bit on some of the ideas that have presented. Sure! I was embarrassed and angry by a headline in the TI Sun a week ago saying, “Cape Vincent Board Submits Strong Statement About Wind”. The town board is supposed to represent the township on many various viewpoints, on many numbers of issues. To infer that the students, that the residents of the township supported such a letter to the Public Service Commission is embarrassing. The town board is narrow minded and elitist caring to the needs of a limited group and focusing on one issue. I hope at least one of you have the courage and the integrity not to sign that letter. I was also embarrassed to think that the Public Service Commission received yet another letter from the Cape Vincent Town Board touting its smothering restrictive laws. The Town of Cape Vincent is not a gated community. Nor, is it some upscale suburb. It is not the homeowner’s association where homeowners agree to its rules and regulations. It is ninety square miles of mostly agricultural land with numerous residences, along shorelines, excuse me, along shoreline. I was also embarrassed to think the town board is so naive to think the Public Service Commission is not aware of the vairous viewpoints and issues held by the residents of the town. Don’t you know that the representitives of the PSC have visited the township? Your’s is not the only voice the PSC has heard. I was angry to realize the town board ignored any other viewpoints on the issue. Residents of the greater township don’t count. The town board is so focused on one issue, over which it does not have much control, that any forays into actual problems and issues in the township are totally bungled. Roxy’s. The code officer, transfer station, water district. I think it’s time for the town board to take a look at all the issues concerning the township of Cape Vincent and stop focusing on an issue that may never come to fruition. And please, stop writing these selfrighteous letters to the Public Service Commission. Thank You.
NYS Public Service Commission proceeding at Cape Vincent, NY will be significance for the future of Jefferson County, The Golden Crescent and the Thousand Island Regions.
Among other things, the suit says the developer was careless and negligent in the following:
- Failing to appropriately assess and test the site
- Utilizing wind turbines that were inappropriate for the site
- Placing wind turbines too close to residential properties
- Placing wind turbines that were too large for the area
- Causing permanent and irreparable harm and damage to neighboring properties
- Failing to adequately represent what effects the turbines would have on the community, including homes
- Intentionally misrepresenting material facts and information
Also named in the action was the same sound engineer who did Iberdrola's work in The Clayton, Orleans, Brownville, Horse Creek project. Those sound studies have been contested by locals who have expertise in acoustics. Many have concerns that Iberdrola and the Town of Clayton have not been listening.
Wind power opponents say studies are flawed
by Jack Deming
Wind Energy’s Tax Credit to Blow Past Year-End Deadline to Extend
The wind energy’s production tax credit is likely to just blow past its year-end deadline without getting extended. Efforts are underway to continue the credit but those are being met by forces from competing energy forms, which say that the subsidy has already cost taxpayers $12 billion over 20 years.
The tax credit, which has grown from 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour of energy produced when it first started in 1993 to 2.3 cents for the same unit today, will expire on December 31, 2013. But that does not end the debate: For starters, when Congress prolonged it in early January as part of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, it said that any good-faith project announced this year would have until 2014 to get underway, enabling the credit to last until 2024 for those deals.
Secondly, while it would appear that the credit will be allowed to lapse on December 31, the country has witnessed this event four other times since the year 2000. The subsidy, eventually, gets traded among congressional negotiators who allow that provision to go through in exchange for something that they may want through so-called “tax extenders."