Tuesday, May 5, 2015

One last trip on the St. Lawrence and a farewell

By Daniel Flatley

Times Staff Writer

I’ve already told a few people this. But two months before I moved to Watertown, I found a copy of “A Fan’s Notes” in the laundry room of my apartment building in New York City. Continue...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Horsecreek Wind still on the table

Will Iberdrola be eating Clayton’s lunch?

This past month I did a post concerning Iberdrola and their interest in the local efforts to kill SASS.  After checking public property records in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office and discovering that leaseholders in Clayton had renewed contracts with Iberdrola in 2013. I did a follow up post.

Iberdrola’s Horse Creek Wind Farm is still in play.  

Today a story in The Watertown Daily Times confirms  that Iberdrola remains interested in the project .

“We still have meteorological towers and land leases there, so we remain interested in that community,” Paul N. Copleman, spokesman for Iberdrola Renewables, said Tuesday in an email. “New York has a proven track record of successfully integrating new renewable energy sources, so we are generally optimistic.”
Related posts:

Developer ‘still interested’ in Horse Creek wind project in Clayton

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lewis County to lobby the state to fund two potential wind farm projects

Mr. Virkler said if the state approves a wind project in another area, the project may never be accomplished because of the opposition to wind farms.

LOWVILLE — Lewis County Economic Development Director Eric J. Virkler said the Roaring Brook Wind Farm and the Copenhagen Wind Farm likely will apply for part of the $160 million in funding through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to build and expand clean energy projects.Continue...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and OwnEnergy, Inc. seek to improve bat protections at New York wind facility

As renewable energy continues to develop across the northeast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is working with industry to reduce the effects of utility-scale wind turbines on threatened and endangered species. Continue ~ USF&W

Membership in absentia: Community leaders deny being part of SASS advisory board

If the Thousand Islands Regional Assessment Project wants advice on how to proceed with seeking Scenic Areas of Statewide Significance designation, here it is: Don’t list people as active participants in the process to achieve your goal if they are not involved. Continue...

Monday, April 27, 2015

Wind turbines would affect property values

I have seen references to proposed wind turbines of 570 to 640 feet tall for Hudson Energy’s Galloo Island Wind Energy Generation project. A search of wind turbines does indeed reference newer model wind turbines of up to 640 feet in height.Continue...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Organizations protest inclusion in ‘advisory board’ for scenic-designation project

Several organizations listed as members of an “advisory board” helping municipalities pursue a scenic-area designation from the state say they are not affiliated with the effort in any way. Continue...

Friday, April 24, 2015

A scenic area is home to an ugly fight

Update: 04/25/1015 ~ 5:43PM

Outside Looking In By Perry White

I have received a number of emails requesting that I write a column on the brouhaha surrounding the Thousand Islands regional application for designation as a Scenic Area of Statewide Significance — a process that has taken the fitting name SASS. It has a lot of people fired up, both those who see the designation as the best way to preserve the scenic wonderland that is the Thousand Islands, and those who view it as yet more meddling in local affairs by that old bogeyman, the State.

Note: This commentary by Perry White has been posted twice on the Watertown Daily Times website, each with different titles and comments. Title links to each below

A scenic area is home to an ugly fight

Both sides of the SASS debate have made errors

Ft. Drum buys land rights to prevent Industrial wind development

Under the auspices of The Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program, Ft. Drum has recently spent nearly $2 million to purchase the development rights for 2,000 acres of adjacent farmland.

The ACUB program is a tool to protect an installation’s accessibility, availability, and capability for training, testing, and operations.

According to an ACUB year end summary [1] a challenge for Ft. Drum is to prevent the encroachment threats from wind energy development that could negatively impact the surveillance radar and pose potential safety and operational hazards to rotary-wing and fixed-wing training and operations by decreasing the safety margin for low-level flight operations.

Additionally, a recent report by WRVO Public Media [2] states that several years ago a wind developer had shown interest in the land in question.  
This very same issue was broached recently at a SASS informational meeting in Cape Vincent. [3] Darrel Aubertine, the state comptroller's special assistant
expressed concern that SASS would be taking away land development rights without compensation.
Since SASS only comes into play with large scale industrial development like wind farms, I for one question his motivation.  

Was Aubertine asking if the Department Of State was going to compensate landowners for not hosting industrial wind turbines? As a past wind lessee of British Petroleum and Acciona, do you think he was including himself in the compensation request?