BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Thursday, October 30, 2008



ALBANY, N.Y. (October 30, 2008) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new Wind Industry Ethics Code that establishes guidelines to facilitate the development of alternative energy in New York while assuring the public the wind power industry is acting properly and within the law. The Code calls for new oversight through a multi-agency Task Force, and establishes unprecedented transparency that will deter any improper relationships between wind development companies and local government officials.

Saturday, October 25, 2008






Thursday, October 23, 2008

BP Wind & Solar CEO: Project Money 'Completely Dried Up'

BP Wind & Solar CEO: Project Money 'Completely Dried Up' - TheStreet.com

Financing for wind farms has disappeared and fewer companies will be able to develop the kind of "mega projects" needed to feed the growing demand for energy, said Reyad Fezzani, CEO of BP's (BP Quote - Cramer on BP - Stock Picks) wind and solar operations, at the Dow Jones Alternative Energy Innovations conference Wednesday.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

UK wind farm plans on brink of failure

UK wind farm plans on brink of failure Environment The Observer

John Vidal
The Observer,
Sunday October 19 2008
Article history

Last week Britain committed itself to cutting greenhouse gases by 80 per cent. This week Gordon Brown will claim the UK is now a world leader in wind power. An Observer investigation reveals his hopes could be blown wildly off course. No country has tried to switch so fast to renewable energy - but rising costs and technical problems mean that, without urgent action and cash, the targets cannot be met. John Vidal reports

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wind energy becalmed by shortage of finance

Wind energy becalmed by shortage of finance - Times Online

Robin Pagnamenta, Energy and Environment Editor

The credit crunch and falling oil prices threaten to hold up some of Britain’s renewable energy projects just as the UK has raised its commitment to green electricity, financiers said yesterday.
While large projects backed by the bigger utilities are generally thought to be safe, smaller and more speculative developments are facing funding problems as backers adjust their lending criteria or, in some cases, consider withdrawing it altogether.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Wind subsidy may mean service cuts, more taxes

Cumberland Times-News - Wind subsidy may mean service cuts, more taxes

How do wind energy amusement parks benefit the rich at the expense of everyone else? A good question, as we reel from the Wall Street welfare bailout. Let’s follow the money. On a kilowatt-hour basis, wind is by far the most heavily subsidized source of power, receiving 25 times more than coal, hydro and natural gas and 16 times more than nuclear, despite not producing any capacity value, unlike the rest.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

www.windaction.org | Cape rethinks turbine areas

The members of the committee formed to produce a zoning amendment to deal with wind farms changed their minds about boundaries for the area in which turbines would be allowed. About three weeks ago, the committee tentatively agreed to set Route 6 as the western boundary for a wind overlay district. But Wednesday afternoon, the committee decided that the entire agricultural-residential district should allow turbines. That once again adds some land west of Route 6 and south of Bates Road. That land had five turbines planned for BP Alternative Energy's Cape Vincent Wind Farm.

October 16, 2008 by Nancy Madsen in Watertown Daily Times

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

www.windaction.org | Horse Creek wind farm: Noise report cover-up

www.windaction.org | Horse Creek wind farm: Noise report cover-up

PPM Energy's Horse Creek Wind Farm proposal, now suspended while NY State officials evaluate the potential high bat mortality from the turbines, is the center of a sobering debate concerning preconstruction sound study reports. The proposed project consists of sixty-two industrial wind turbines spanning the towns of Clayton and Orleans in upstate New York. Over 1000 residents reside within the project's proposed footprint.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Lack of Ability or Lack of Character?

The special senate election between Will Barclay and Darrel Aubertine brought forth accusations of a conflict of interest for Darrel Aubertine. An article written for the 2/23/08 Valley News online made reference to an article in the May 25, 2003 Watertown Daily Times (WDT) stating that
Cape Vincent- Assemblyman Darrel J. Aubertine had said a company has approached him about installing wind-powered generators on his property and the properties belonging to three of his neighbors. “They describe the wind as optimal”, Mr.Aubertine said. He also said the company has been monitoring the wind in the town of Cape Vincent for a year and determined it was not so strong as to stress the equipment, but powerful enough to power the generators.
The Valley news story went on to report that less than two weeks after the Watertown Times article was printed, June 4, 2003, Mr.Aubertine voted in favor of legislation that would allow farmers to host wind turbines without having their property-tax assessments increased. Responding to accusations of a conflict of interest in a television interview Aubertine denied voting on any wind power issues “no, not at all, “he said “I never-one way or the other- certainly not for personal gain”.

A Syracuse Post standard article dated 02/22/2008, states that when Sen. Aubertine was asked if he thought it was appropriate to vote on a measure that affected his own property he responded, “if it was me alone, no” but, he said, “it’s not me, it’s the town and dozens of other landowners.”

A spokesperson for the Aubertine campaign denied any conflict of interest. “That vote happened over a year before he sold his wind rights,” Aubertine spokesperson Cort Ruddy said, “those towers, if they are ever built, would be owned by the company and would not impact Darrel’s assessment at all. ”Ruddy added that the only approval process is done locally. “The company is going to set up an arrangement with the town for payment-in-lieu of taxes (pilot payments) and there’s usually no assessment,” Ruddy noted.
Let’s take a closer look at these statements. First Sen. Aubertine says the wind company had been in Cape Vincent for over a year monitoring the wind, that would be about May of 2002. Was there a meteorological tower on your land senator? Not only did you vote for the bill “Wind Energy” in Agricultural Assessments but you were a member of the standing committee on agriculture and the bill in question is listed as one of the committee’s accomplishments in 2003.

As far as not providing any tax benefits the bill, then assemblyman, Aubertine signed eliminated a tax penalty for converting land zoned for agricultural use to non-agricultural use. Previously, when land receiving an agricultural assessment was converted to a non-agricultural use, it was subject to a conversion payment equaling five times the taxes payed in the last year in which it received the assessment, plus interest of 6% per year for each year it received the assessment, up to five years. Now, when a farmer hosts wind turbines on his land this bill eliminates a tax penalty for changing the use of the land from agricultural to non agricultural.
When Sen. Aubertine signed his wind contract is irrelevant. He was instrumental passing the legislation eliminating the tax penalty and he will directly benefit from this act if he hosts wind turbines on his farm land. He was well aware of the wind companies interest in his land and was considering the issue of hosting wind turbines while he was a member of the standing committee on agriculture, a committee that also promoted the bill in question
In a television interview Sen. Aubertine denies voting on any wind issues and then in a newspaper interview when asked if it was appropriate for him to vote on a measure that affected his own property he responded “if it was me alone, no.”but, he said, “it’s not me. It’s the town and dozens of other landowners.”
This vote was in early June of 2003 just after he stated in a WDT article that a wind company had approached him and three of his neighbors, who were these dozens of others you mentioned as your excuse for voting when called on it by the Post standard reporter? Were you signing this bill as an inducement to sign dozens of others up for wind power? Were you a recruiter for wind power? If the wind power does come to fruition in Cape Vincent you will benefit from the elimination of the agricultural assessment. This was a bill you voted for, that came directly from the standing committee on agriculture, a committee that you served on.

So when Sen. Aubertine denied voting on wind issues and stated “certainly not for personal gain” and a statement was made about the bill in question that he wouldn’t benefit any way because of pilot payments, then one can conclude that, Sen. Aubertine is either a liar or he is completely unaware of the content of the legislation he promotes through the committees he sits on. Another possibility is that he is incapable of understanding the content and meaning of the legislation that he signs and the implications and consequences that he may bear as a result of such a blatant conflict of interest!

As a follow up to the point that perhaps he is unaware of what he is doing or perhaps feels that he is above reproach, I would also mention the whole debacle over the hiring his sister. His statement says it all, “earlier today, Senator Aubertine became aware of the situation involving the employment of his sister, Debra A. Wiley, in his senate office. After reviewing appropriate policies, Debra has submitted her resignation and our office has accepted it.” As an assemblyman he signed ethics reform legislation in 2007. Did he even bother to read it?
Sen. Aubertine, are you a liar, incompetent, or both?

by: k.muschell June, 03 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Credit crunch threatens US wind-energy projects : Nature News

Credit crunch threatens US wind-energy projects : Nature News

Tax incentives mean nothing if companies don't make enough profit.

Jeff Tollefson

Wall Street's woes may halt the wind-energy boom.S. PLATT/GETTYWind developers in the United States could be the first among the energy sector to fall victim to the global financial meltdown emanating from Wall Street.