Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Senate candidate McGinty's role in energy industry is questioned

Democrat Katie McGinty’s bid for U.S. Senate is being powered by a longtime commitment to clean energy and natural gas. But skeptics say the way she’s moved between the public and private sector puts her resume under a cloud.

Prior to leaving the government sector and taking a position at Iberdrola USA , the head of  Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection. Katie McGinty wrote a letter to Governor Mr. Rendell, notifying him that Iberdrola hoped he’d put in a good word for the company with New York’s then-Governor,David Paterson.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Boldt Castle Generates $40 Million in Economic Activity for the 1000 Islands Region

Boldt Castle, a premier  attraction in the 1000 Islands International Region, announced that a recent independent study estimates it to generate nearly $40 million annually in regional economic activity. Additionally, the historic site generates over 600 jobs in the regional economy. Commissioned by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, and completed in November 2015 by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC, the report statistically identifies Boldt Castle’s economic impact.

Continue reading via this link to  the Boldt Castle Website

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NY’s Reforming the Energy Vision Lacks Good Jobs Vision

 This letter to the editor was written by

 Ted Skerpon Chair of the 15,000 member NYS Utility Labor Council and a board member of the 60,000 member NYS Electrical Workers Association.
Politicians are led by polls and this is the case with Energy Reform in New York State.
In a poll conducted by Clarity Campaign Labs, 77% of New York voters think the government should do more to support renewable energy and 10% of are already using renewable energy in their private lives with 60% wanting to in the future.
Basically, 2 out of 3 of us believe that being 100% reliant on renewable energy is possible. This is going to sound crazy, but 2 out of 3 of us have no idea what we are talking about.
Our desire to do is good is great, but our knowledge on how energy is created, stored and delivered lacks basic understanding. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

U.K. Government Expected to Shift Policy on Support for Renewable Energy

Speech by Amber Rudd will set out new energy policy with central role for nuclear and natural gas
Selina Williams
 LONDON—The U.K. government will make keeping the lights on the top priority with natural gas and nuclear power playing a central role in that goal, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd is expected to say in a major speech later Wednesday setting out a new energy policy for the country.

The move appears to mark an end to previous governments’ policy of supporting renewable energy, such as wind power and solar, with generous subsidies...
Continue reading via this link

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lewis County modifies their budget due to uncertainty over Maple Ridge PILOT

Welcome to the real world of wind.

Within days of the announcement that the Madison County Wind farm cannot pay their fair share of taxes when their PILOT agreement expires. Lewis county has submitted a tentative budget for Legislative review that is tailored to offset anticipated losses over the expiration of the Maple ridge wind PILOT.(link)

In light the uncertainty as to whether or not a wind developer will honor their agreements, any municipal authority would be nuts to even consider entering into a PILOT agreement with a wind developer.


Saturday, November 14, 2015


Perry White City Editor of the Watertown Daily Times:  

“It was a good deal for some, but for the people it was the Big Con.”

As it turns out, the wind-power shell game has nabbed its first municipal victim, in a big way. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Nothing but hot air: Wind farm would offer little in economic benefits for region

Today’s Watertown Daily Times editorial gets right down to the real nitty gritty concerning the Galloo Island Industrial wind project.  

"Where are the advantages to approving such a plan?"

 Don Alexander~JCIDA & Developer Bill Moore 

Jefferson County legislators sound like they are leery of the wind farm proposed for Galloo Island. Good. Unless Hudson can show some major benefits for the region, there’s no point in approving the project for anything less than full taxes forever.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Jefferson County could learn lesson from tax break for Madison Wind Farm

Watertown Daily Times reporter
NOVEMBER 7, 2015 

When tax breaks for wind projects expire, will municipalities receive full property taxes to which they’re entitled? 

That’s a murky question that will have to be resolved soon for a seven-turbine, 11.5-megawatt wind project in Madison County, which benefited from a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement that will end in 2016.
Don Alexander  & Bill Moore
But town officials say it appears improbable the company will voluntarily pay taxes it owes when the property is on the tax roll

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Another Reason Why Hudson Energy

Might Be Leaving Town

The Watertown Times reported yesterday that Neil T. Habig, a developer for Hudson Energy, said, We’ve had multiple discussions with other developers that have expressed interest. We could decide to partner with someone or to sell it to them in a year.” One possible cause for Hudson’s rethinking of the Galloo project is lack of support for a PILOT agreement by the Jefferson County legislature. William M. Moore, another principal of Hudson Energy, commented on how important the PILOT was to Hudson’s Galloo Island plans, “No project will be built without a PILOT.”

There is another monkey wrench that could gum up the works and plans for Hudson Energy and add to the incentive to sell their project. In 2009 a federal judge in Maryland halted the expansion of the Beech Ridge Wind Project because it threatened to harm, wound or kill Indiana Bats. In studies conducted by Dr. D. Scott Reynolds of North East Ecological Services for Hudson Energy, Indiana Bats were tentatively identified on Galloo Island this summer (see Exec. Summary below).

Remarkably, results of summer Galloo avian studies were provided at the Henderson meet and greet session, but there was no mention of the Galloo Island Bat Survey, nor was the avian studies representative at the session aware of any bat survey conducted on Galloo this summer. Why the mystery? Why the choice to exclude what could be a serious impediment to Hudson’s plans for Galloo Island?

July 5, 2015  Galloo Island Bat Survey
North East Ecological Services
Bat Survey of the Galloo Island Wind Project Site

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (author: Dr. D. Scott Reynolds)

North East Ecological Services(‘NEES’) conducted an acoustic survey at the Galloo Island Wind Project Site from 16 June – 19 June, 2015 to document the presence of potential federally endangered species, specifically the northern myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) and Indiana myotis (Myotis sodalis). NEES utilized U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service protocols to sample for the bats and analyzed all data using federally approved identification software.
In total, NEES sampled at 42 locations within the Project Site. We visually confirmed the presence of little brown myotis (M. lucifugus) at Galloo sland; this was the dominant species on the island during our survey in 2008. The automated species identification software found tentative evidence for both Indiana myotis and northern myotis at the Project Site, but most of this evidence was based on a single call sequence from multiple sampling sites. According to the previous iteration of the US Fish & Wildlife Service Guidelines (USFWS, 2013) and the developer of the EchoClass analysis software (Britzke, 2015), a single call sequences at a site is not allowed to determine presence ofa species. Eliminating these sites (those based on a single call sequence), the current data suggests only three potential sites for further investigation, one of which is a known little brown myotis maternity site.

NEES recommends that Hudson Energy provide the US Fish & Wildlife Service with a copy of this report and re-establish informal consultation to determine the next step. Given the time constraints of this field season, I would recommend a conference call to determine whether additional work is necessary and to agree on a scope of work that will meet the needs of all parties.
Link here to read the bat Survey