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Citizens examine visual simulations at Noble Environmental's open house in Ellenburg...
Citizens examine visual simulations at Noble Environmental's open house in Ellenburg...

The Wind Farm Debate Continues in Clinton

Two more North Country towns are embroiled in debate over industrial-size wind farms. In Cape Vincent, hours of public meetings have failed to yield setback requirements for a proposed 60-windmill farm near the St. Lawrence River. The town of Plattsburgh will consider a one-year moratorium on wind farms tonight.

In northern Clinton County, two projects promising almost 300 windmills are moving ahead. One of the companies held open houses last week to court supporters. Opponents have sued to halt the plans. As David Sommerstein reports, at stake are an economic windfall and a rural landscape that could be forever changed.  Go to full article

Beekmantown Neighbors Want Windpower Delay

A group of neighbors in Beekmantown is urging the zoning board to delay a decision scheduled for Wednesday on a proposed new wind farm. Windhorse LLC hopes to develop 13 new wind towers in the community. Town officials told the Press Republican newspaper that only residents living within 500 feet of the project were notified. The newspaper also reports Beekmantown officials have already recognized the project as an "essential" service similar to a public utility. Concerned residents met with town officials last night. Neighbor William Hutton told Brian Mann that too many local people weren't notified about the wind farm until recently, and never had the opportunity to provide input.  Go to full article

Wind Farm Lawsuits Hit Two Towns

The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that two north country towns are being sued over their wind farm laws. Anti-wind farm activists say the towns failed to satisfy state environmental review laws. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Ellenburg Clears Air With Wind Meeting

The town of Ellenburg in Clinton County is hosting an informal meeting Friday on wind farms. Two developers want to erect a total of 74 turbines there. As David Sommerstein...  Go to full article

Checking One Wind Power Claim

Yesterday David Sommerstein reported on some of the claims by those who oppose industrial-sized wind farms. One in particular caught him attention. He spoke with Martha...  Go to full article
A turbine outside Bill and Pat Burke's house.

Tug Hill Places Its Future With Wind

Maple Ridge wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau is the biggest wind power producer east of the Mississippi. Its 120 turbines are set over 14 miles in 4 Lewis County towns. ...  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County [source: Horizon Wind Energy]

Wind Offers Hope, Conflict in North Country

New York State has pledged to get 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2013. 18% already comes from hydropower. Experts say most of the remaining 7% will come...  Go to full article

Wind Power Blowing Ahead on Wolfe Island

Harvesting wind for power has become one of northern New York's hottest, and more controversial, issues. The Maple Ridge wind farm is already spinning out up to 170...  Go to full article

Prospecting for Wind

Wind power is a small, but fast-growing segment of the US energy market. Right now, energy companies are scouring rural America for the best spots to put up wind turbines. ...  Go to full article
Turbine parts on a freighter near Clayton.

Wind Turbines New Horizon for Lewis County

The horizon on the Tug Hill Plateau has a new look. More than twenty soaring wind turbines now dot the landscape of Lewis County. Maple Ridge Wind Farms will be the largest...  Go to full article

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