BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Friday, August 14, 2015

NYSERDA proposes to allow utilities to own wind and solar farms.

New York state banned utility-owned generation back in the 1990s as part of the deregulation of the state's energy markets. But in a report submitted to regulators in June, the state's energy development agency, NYSERDA, says utility-owned wind or solar farms could be used as a new device to help the state reach its ambitious renewable energy goals. The state wants 50 percent of its wholesale electric supply to come from renewable energy sources by 2030, which would mean doubling its clean energy output within 15 years. Continue via this link to Albany Times Union

1 comment:

Art Pundt said...

Now this has extreme relevance to the past wind history of Cape Vincent. Remember
that early in the wind fiasco in CV the heavily wind conflicted planning board declared wind turbines to be utilities so they could expedite the siting process for both CV wind developers. WPEG took that decision to the CB ZBA for a ruling and they agreed with the PB. Then WPEG took that decision to court and lost.

But if NYS in the 1990 had banned UTILITIES from owning generation (wind farms included), then it makes you wonder how the CV ZBA reached it's absurd decision, and the court upheld it.

Despite the CV ZBA insane ruling, wind farms were NOT utilities they have been independent power producers. And that goes back to the PURPA laws of the 1970's trying to open markets for alternative energy producers.

It is not rocket science...think of it this way. If you have a thunderstorm that blows a tree branch onto your power line and knocks out your power who are you going to call to fix it??? You ain't gonna call the local wind farm...you call the utility, who BTW MAY HAVE bought power from the wind farm as an independent power producer! And that would be IF the power from the wind farm was even available!!!