BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Industrial Wind Ain't Dead in Cape Vincent!!!!

Not too long ago I wondered why so many people were recently looking at a former Cape Vincent town councilman and wind lease holder Marty Mason's property deed for the old rail road right-of-way, better known as the BP/Acciona transmission line corridor.

I thought Mason might be wheeling and dealing again with industrial wind developers.

This year, while we all sat around fat, dumb and happy after BP left the Cape, wind developers were busy pushing for change in New York State's Renewable Portfolio Standard.


Developers complained they could not compete in New York with only a 10-year term to their Renewable Portfolio Standard contracts - so this order extended their contract term to 20 years.

The order also quietly unearthed the corpse of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), and directed NYSERDA provide a way to get the same money to developers (see page 16 of the order):

"Also, since there is uncertainty in the renewal of the Federal Production Tax Credit (PTC)
that expired at the end of 2013, we direct NYSERDA to provide a provision to capture the
value of the PTC in future solicitations."

These changes in New York's Renewable Energy Portfolio are likely to energize energy developers into looking once more at failed projects in Cape Vincent, Clayton, Hammond and Galloo Island. It also might explain why the interest in Marty Mason's energy corridor as well as why Marty Mason is currently seeking re-election.

More to follow....


Anonymous said...

What bothers me most with the DEMS, CFG and Green Shirts is that they see nothing wrong with seeking office to line their own pockets. As one very vocal Mason once explained, nobody cares about conflicts of interest it is just the way we have done business all along. Why should we vote for a guy who has never apologized for trying to take away the right to vote for those Cape citizens who pay most of the freight he hopes to spend as a councilman. Yup, I have had enough their self serving nonsense.

Dave LaMora said...

Pandora, your observations are noteworthy, but quite honestly not all that surprising. More to the point is what will the town do to defend itself from the still present threat of devastating impacts from industrial wind . Will it continue to falsely believe their zoning restrictions will protect the interests of property owners, as well as the health and well being of all its residents in a battle with ART. 10? Or will it take the cue from the New York Appellate Court who recently upheld the rights of communities to ban harmful developments (such as fracking) that are contrary to their Comprehensive Planning ,by invoking the New York State Municipal Home Rule Law, and ban wind turbines outright in the town of Cape Vincent? The town of Madison, New York has a law that bans turbines, but also includes restrictions in the case their ban is disallowed. Such a position guarantees their message is clear to the State.


Anonymous said...

If you start out with the assumption that the town really belongs to you and a handful of others your whole sense of what is fair and proper becomes completely twisted.

Anonymous said...

Huh? Dave LaMora?

The Madison Wind Farm is located in the town of Madison, New York. Constructed in 2000, the wind farm consists of seven wind turbines.

The farm consists of seven turbines made by Danish turbine producer Vestas.

The farm was created with the cooperation of the former supervisor of Madison and the town board.

When completed, the farm was the first wind farm in New York State.

The Farm is over 120 acres (49 ha) and the total wattage is eleven megawatts.[1] The Farm's owners pay $25,000 to the Town and School budget annually, respectively.

Wind farm from Route 20
The wind farm was visited by NYS Assemblyman Pete Lopez in a 2007 fact-finding trip. [2]

The wind turbines are a fairly popular stop off of U.S. Route 20.

This wind farm is the first of three wind farms in the county, the second being the Fenner Wind Farm nearby.

Mary Kay Barton said...

The absolute corruption that IS the industrial wind industry is enough to make the Good Humor Man cry. This article sums it up well:

Environmental Researcher: Wind Industry Riddled with 'Absolute Corruption'


The use of wind energy for power is well over a century old. The Dutch 'windmills' we've all seen pictured amongst colorful tulip fields were relegated to the dustbin of history as soon as reliable power provided by the steam engine came along. Thinking we can somehow replace 30% of the firm capacity currently provided by our conventional generation sources is like saying we could replace 30% of our national truck transport system with horse and buggies. We may create some 'new' jobs shoveling horse poop, but the whole system would be negatively impacted, become extremely inefficient and unreliable, and cost consumers far more of the hard-earned money.

Most importantly, and as anyone who knows the difference between energy and power will tell you -

No machine can convert the diffuse energy of wind into modern power - period.

More research and greater innovation cannot change this fact. We can build millions of thousand-foot-tall turbines, and place them around a small, windy area, or out to sea, and all of that environmental destruction still would not provide the firm capacity necessary to produce modern power -- that is, the reliable, dispatchable, baseload power that nurtures modern culture. See:

Wind is Not Power at All (Part III – Capacity Value):

AWEA board member E.ON Netz, which operates German transmission grids and also builds wind plants in the U.S., is succinct:

"Wind energy is only able to replace traditional power stations to a limited extent. Their dependence on the prevailing wind conditions means that wind power has a limited load factor even when technically available….

Consequently, traditional power stations with capacities equal to 90% of the installed wind power capacity must be permanently online [and burning fuel] in order to guarantee power supply at all times"


This means wind generation cannot replace fossil generation to any meaningful extent.

This also means that comparisons between wind and fossil fuels with respect to
emissions are ill-informed. Wind is entirely reliant upon fossil fuel. Wind is more honestly referred to as fossil/wind. Wind cannot stand on its own and cannot replace fossil generation.

GE makes this clear here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/oira_2060/2060_07232013-1.pdf

This means the ill effects of wind energy are added to the ill effects of fossil fuel extraction - not a replacement for them.

Industrial wind energy adds insult to injury, both from an environmental and an economic perspective.

Even the Center/Left Brookings Institute concurs: http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2014/05/low-carbon-electricity-technologies-frank

Most interesting was the recent presentation by Manhattan Institute scholar, Robert Bryce - MORE ENERGY PLEASE! As Bryce correctly states within his presentation, "Wind is one of the great scams of the modern age." See:

2014 HV McKay Lecture delivered by Robert Bryce:

Regarding emissions, see Bryce's calculations within the article, Wind Turbines Are Climate-Change Scarecrows, and read his excellent book, Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future.

You can find many more reference links within the summary article:

Industrial Wind: The Great American SWINDLE - Not Clean, Green, or Free!

Anonymous said...

If this will encourage developers for NNY wind projects (which seems likely) one question is: will a SASS designation provide any protections for these communities?

dave LaMora said...

anon1:40 My mistake, of course I meant the Town of Meredith, which was the subject of the movie 'Windfall".

Sorry for the confusion. Incidentally Meredith is not the only town to have prohibited industrial turbines, others include our own regional neighbor of Henderson.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you take up a new cause? You no longer live in Cape Vincent.