5/3/16

“In the case of the Horse Creek Wind Farm there is a good reason to say not in our backyard because it’s one of the most important back yards that we have in the United States,”

In Clayton, wind energy is a tough sell, even for environmentalists 

  1 HOUR AGO
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the state to get half of its energy from renewable sources in the next 15 years. That has wind developers eyeing the farm land along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.

Promote tourism, not turbines!

Lawmakers, advocates gather in Clayton for tourism conference

5/2/16

Moratorium, tougher restrictions set by town of Yates in effort to prevent industrial wind turbine sacrifice to Apex Energy.

County Planning Board backs tougher wind energy law in Yates
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 April 2016
YATES – The Orleans County Planning Board is supporting the Town of Yates in revising a nearly decade-old local law on wind energy facilities.

The previous town ordinance from 2008 caps the height of turbines at 420 feet. Apex Clean Energy wants to build up to 71 turbines in Yates and Somerset that would be between 490 to 620 feet in height to the top of the turbine blade.


Put wind turbines and solar panels on top of every building in New York City and Long Island. That's where they power is needed.

“Locating a large wind or solar power system miles away from consumers can cause up to 15% loss through transmission alone. It can also create major rate increases to pay for transmission and distribution infrastructure. In contrast, locating smaller solar systems within cities requires less transmission and provides more consistent power.”


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Why Cities Are So Well-Suited to Renewable-Energy Growth

Kate Gordon 

Apr 29, 2016 
Kate Gordon (@katenrg) is a vice chair at the Paulson Institute

The great news is that cities are the perfect proving ground for some of the most important technologies that will anchor a lower-carbon future: renewable energy systems. As cities become larger and more centralized–and especially if city planners prioritize density over sprawl–they have the opportunity to bring massive amounts of renewable energy onto existing power grids and also to pioneer new, more distributed energy models. In doing so, these new global cities can become models for bringing down emissions while also becoming far more resilient in the face of increased extreme weather events and other catastrophic climate impacts.

5/1/16

Should Jefferson County, NY participate in a subsidy mining scheme that "could prove costly for consumers" around the state?

Grid operator warns Cuomo energy plan could raise consumer costs

ALBANY — The state’s independent grid operator is concerned the Cuomo administration’s primary method of achieving its goal of doubling New York’s renewable energy could prove costly for consumers.
The state is developing a Clean Energy Standard that would require that New York power at least half its electric grid with renewable energy by 2030. That would lead to an unprecedented expansion of solar, wind, hydropower and other renewable sources that would be partially funded by about $5 billion collected from monthly utility bills.

4/30/16

Conflicts of interest? A New York way of life?

Remember Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP? They were the firm that was coaching Cape Vincent during their conflict of interest-industrial wind days.


EXCLUSIVE: Former Cuomo aide under investigation for shady lobbying practices, conflicts of interest

BY   
 
DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF
Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016, 8:40 PM





"Claims have emerged that Mr Saunders was subjected to a terrifying campaign of retribution after giving evidence ­alleging corruption in approvals for wind farms around Portland."

Portland wind farm rift between families before Nathan Lovett-Murray’s uncle died, correspondence shows


4/29/16

Why would Jefferson County, NY sacrifice its Golden Crescent and Galloo Island to an industrial wind turbine zone sacrificed for the mining of federal, local and state government subsidies?

The following comment was recently posted on the New York State Public Service Commission website for the Apex Energy Galloo Island matter.

The Galloo project conflicts with the DEC declaration of the Eastern Basin Islands of Galloo, Little Galloo, and Gull as a Wildlife Management Area. The declaration identified bird populations present in one instance nowhere else in NYS (caspian tern) and in another nowhere else in the US (ring billed gull). Audubon identifies these areas as an "Important Bird Area".  NYS identifies them as a Significant Habitat.   The process of constructing and operating the turbines will adversely affect all wildlife in these areas.  

The project is also in conflict with recently passed House bill HR223, Great Lakes Restoration and wildlife preservation, renewed through 2020.

Of course it will also destroy uninterrupted Lake views, introduce the only artificial light in the night sky, and reduce property values among some of the most valuable property Upstate.

The delivery costs for power generated Upstate will be unfairly paid by Upstate ratepayers despite our current power self-sufficiency. Transmission of power over those long distances is inefficient, costly, and subject to storms or terrorist acts.  I feel it should be produced closer to the end-user.


"Just for fun, IF the turbines saved $44,000 per year, these two junkers would have to last 22.5 years, but they only lasted a shameful FOUR YEARS!"

FAIL: Busted Wind Turbines Give College Whopping Negative 99.14% Return On Investment

From the “it’s OK, we used other people’s money” department and Andrew Follet at The Daily Caller:
Lake Land College recently announced plans to tear down broken wind turbines on campus, after the school got $987,697.20 in taxpayer support for wind power.
The turbines were funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, but the turbines lasted for less than four years and were incredibly costly to maintain.
“Since the installation in 2012, the college has spent $240,000 in parts and labor to maintain the turbines,” Kelly Allee, Director of Public Relations at Lake Land College, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

4/28/16

4/27/16

Don't remain silent about sacrificing your home to monster industrial wind turbines.

Your voice only counts if its in the public record!

Citizen tells the New York State Public Service Commission, " I cannot imagine such a proposal being welcomed along the majestic Hudson River area and it should not be considered here."


The proposed Galloo Island industrial wind complex may the one of the saddest ideas I have recently learned about. In addition to this location being part of a major flyway for migrating birds and bats and being part of a major tourism area of NYS, this proposal pits the towns against towns. Galloo Island is located in the town of Hounsfield, but the citizens of the town of Henderson are most likely targeted to faced the most negative impacts of such a development. A previous proposal for industrial wind complex on Galloo Island was abandoned when the federal tax credits were not renewed. With the return of tax credits, it is not surprising to me that another company has taken the opportunity for potential financial benefits to proposed another plan. Should the project move forward, citizens of Henderson will face the negative impacts of industrial wind complexes (negative impacts on health, property values, tourism income, bird and bat deaths to name a few) without any support from the developers. This area of NYS is the welcome door to the Thousand Islands - a major state tourism area. I cannot imagine such a proposal being welcomed along the majestic Hudson River area and it should not be considered here. Wind turbine output is about 1/3 at best the label on the turbine. NYS cannot live on wind, solar and hydro electric production alone. There is a need for nuclear and natural gas to provide a stable electric grid at prices people can afford. This project proposal is simply a way for a company to make money and NYS to claim they will have 50% renewable electric production by 2030. It is a narrow-minded project that should not be supported by the PSC.

Are you concerned about plans to sacrifice Jefferson County's Golden Crescent and Thousand Islands Region to hundreds of 600 ft. New York State white towers of testosterone--with serious performance problems?

Make your voice known at the following links:




Jefferson County tells Town of Clayton that they should extend their moratorium against industrial wind development to one year instead of the proposed six months.

Planning board recommends one-year moratorium on wind projects in Clayton

4/26/16

Ashland Flats is only a few miles from the proposed Iberdrola-Horse Creek industrial wind turbine sacrifice zone.

DEC to hold information session about Cape Vincent, Lyme wildlife area

Concern expressed to New York State Public Service Commission. Horse Creek farm land owned by absentee farmers, "will milk the subsidies and royalties while the land suffers."

This recent testimonial comment was submitted to the NYS PSC Horse Creek matter:

New York State is working at cross purposes. It works to rejuvenate agriculture while at the same time permitting industrial wind complexes to lead to the destruction of tens of thousands of productive farm acres. The absentee farmers and those who struggle now won't spend the time and energy needed to maintain active farming operations. They, like Iberdrola will milk the subsidies and royalties while the land suffers. In order to "save the planet" New York is destroying itself!

You can add your concern to the growing numbers who do not want Jefferson County's Golden Crescent and Thousand Island Region sacrificed to big industrial wind turbines at the following links: