Thursday, February 11, 2016

Horse Creek wind project in Clayton could expand into Orleans, Lyme and Brownville

CLAYTON — Signaling that the footprint of its former proposal could grow, the developer of the Horse Creek wind project plans to erect meteorological towers in the towns of Clayton, Orleans, Brownville and Lyme. Continue reading via this link to the Watertown Daily Times

Friday, February 5, 2016

Take home message from Feb. 4, 2016 meeting between Iberdrola and Clayton Planning Board:

  1. Iberdrola seeking three permits for meteorological towers.
  2. New met tower data needed for newer, more modern turbine models.
  3. Iberdrola will be going to Town of Orleans with similar met tower request.
  4. Horse Creek project will have larger, multi-town footprint than previous version.
  5. Modern turbine models will be between 2.5 - 3.5 MW, larger than Horse Creek’s previous plan..
  6. Iberdrola recently sought new connection request with ISO for a 250 MW project, twice what was previously planned for the Horse Creek project..
  7. Jenny Briot explained turbines will have larger output, but not taller. (hard to believe).
  8. Iberdrola attorney was anxious to move the permitting process forward ASAP.

C.P. Schneider

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Horse Creek Wind Farm: More than industrial blight

The map below shows a small section of the first layout (2007) of the Horse Creek Wind Project DGEIS.

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The red areas on the map above represent about 10 wind turbines. The concentric circles surrounding the turbines depict noise levels. The small green squares represent nearby homes

What is unusual about the Horse Creek project compared to any other wind project in New York is the density of residences.  There are too many people living in the area that Iberdrola wants to insert an industrial wind project.  The area has many small homes on small parcels adjacent to larger parcels that are now leased to Iberdrola.  Today we know far more about the negative health impacts on people from wind turbine noise, and we also know noise impacts are worse, far worse, with the new, larger turbines.  

Town of Clayton officials may have the impression that the big issue for Horse Creek will be the visual impacts from big turbines (600 footers), those that will likely be proposed for the latest version of the Horse Creek project.  However, don’t be misled.  As much as 600 ft turbines will be an eyesore to those living along the river, the real issue will be the health and safety impacts and the diminished quality of life for those who will live within the cold, hard embrace of Iberdrola’s misguided project for the Thousand Islands.

C.P. Schneider

 Horse Creek DGEIS 2007 Map

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Vermont  Lawmakers want to ban industrial wind energy  

Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex-Orleans, introduced S.210 on the first day of the session earlier this month. Rep. Vicki Strong, R-Irasburg, introduced H.598 on Wednesday.
The bills would ban any wind energy project with a capacity of 500 kilowatts or more – like existing projects in Sheffield and Georgia Mountain – though small individual turbines would still be allowed. Strong and Rodgers cited the impact on the environment as well as the preservation of Vermont’s scenic resources as their motivations for pushing for an industrial wind ban. 

Wolfe Island ~Township mayor 'dumbfounded' by police turbine fees

 Aerial shot of Wolfe Island
MARYSVILLE — Recent changes to how the Ontario Provincial Police bill municipalities for service could have a major impact on rural townships that are home to wind turbines.

More than six years after the turbines on Wolfe Island became operational, Frontenac Islands Township council was surprised in December when it received a bill for policing from the Leeds County OPP. Continue reading via this link to the

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Judges will hold pre-application conference Thursday in Barker for Lighthouse Wind

BARKER – Three administrative law judges will meet with Apex Clean Energy and stakeholders in the Lighthouse Wind project on Thursday to discuss many issues with the proposed project. Continue reading via this link to

Monday, January 18, 2016

Yates joins Somerset in officially opposing wind power project

YATES – The town officially went on record last week against a major wind power project, and opponents are getting ready to divvy up the developer’s money to fight the project.

Apex Clean Energy, based in Charlottesville, Va., is seeking to construct as many as 70 wind turbines in the Orleans County town, as well as in the neighboring Town of Somerset in Niagara County, both of which border Lake Ontario. Continue reading via this link to the Buffalo News

Friday, January 15, 2016

Somerset introduces new wind power law

on January 14, 2016 - 7:49 PM
SOMERSET – Somerset Town Supervisor Daniel M. Engert’s proposed new law regulating wind power developments would require companies to pay property owners reimbursements if their property values fall because of the proximity of wind turbines.
It also would require a company to pay for a baseline health study of town residents before the turbines go up, and limits the areas in which turbines could be built.

Apex Clean Energy, which is planning a large wind development in Somerset and the neighboring Town of Yates, complained Thursday that the new law would be a sudden and unexpected change in the rules. Link here to continue via this link to the Buffalo news

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alexandria Workers Workers Confront Town Over Asbestos

Some Alexandria highway workers confronted town leaders Wednesday night about what they say were hazardous working conditions at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce building in December.

The workers claim they were denied gear like respirators after finding what they believed was asbestos while working on the second floor. Continue reading via this link to WNYTV7

The statement below was prepared and read at last nights meeting by an attorney from the law firm
Bond Schoeneck & King who is representing the Town of Alexandria in this matter.

 Related story from the Watertown Daily Times

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hounsfield Residents Get Update On Galloo Island Wind Project

A windfarm project on Galloo Island is moving forward under new ownership  

Apex,the new owners,met Tuesday night with residents and leaders from the town of Hounsfield. Continue reading via this link to WNYTV7