Monday, January 14, 2019

Sierra Club deals in fake news, fake endorsements

Loons Are Getting Squeezed By Wind Farms

Report finds JCIDA errors in sales tax exemption oversight

 Title links to Watertown Daily Times Story


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Unlike the other IDAs we reviewed, Jefferson County IDA’s fiscal year is from October 1 through September 30. In October 2015 Jefferson County IDA approved financial assistance for Aviagen North America, Inc. (Aviagen) to renovate an existing building. On December 18, 2015, the IDA issued Aviagen an ST-60 for $69,750 in sales tax exemptions through December 2016. For 2015-16, Aviagen reported to Jefferson County IDA that it claimed $69,750 in sales tax exemptions. Aviagen then reported to the IDA that it claimed $9,938 for 2016-17, for a total of $79,688 in sales tax exemptions. This exceeds the amount of sales tax exemptions approved by the Jefferson County IDA board by $9,938. As a result of our review, Jefferson County IDA contacted Aviagen, who indicated that the $9,938 reported for 2016-17 was in error.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Clear Skies Above Barre asks attorney general to investigate its allegations of ethical misconduct by Heritage Wind

The Antithesis of Green

Or look at New York, which has a renewable-energy mandate of 50 percent by 2030. But three upstate counties — Erie, Orleans, and Niagara — as well as the towns of Yates and Somerset, are actively fighting a proposed 200-megawatt project called Lighthouse Wind, which aims to put dozens of turbines on the shores of Lake Ontario. The same developer that is pushing Lighthouse Wind, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy, is also facing fierce resistance on another project in New York that aims to put 109 megawatts of wind capacity on Galloo Island, which sits off the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. In its application to the state for a permit, Apex neglected to report that bald eagles have been nesting on Galloo Island. The company’s permit for that project is now in jeopardy

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