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Jun 18, 2014 — The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.
Jun 24, 2013 — Once known as the City That Lit the World, New Beford's whale oil powered candles and lamps around the country. Now, the Massachusetts city wants to become an energy capital again, but this time with offshore wind.
Apr 9, 2013 — A U.S. Senate committee held a confirmation hearing for Ernest Moniz on Tuesday, who has been nominated to be the U.S. Energy Secretary. Moniz says he will retire from MIT, where he's a professor of physics and energy systems. He would advocate for the Obama administration's "all of the above" energy strategy, which calls for continued fossil fuels development and supports nuclear energy, wind and solar.
Aug 27, 2012 — President Obama is headed to Iowa on Tuesday where he will likely talk about wind energy. The president says he'll continue tax credits for wind energy and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he won't.
Aug 22, 2012 — In Colorado and Iowa, two states considered up for grabs in the presidential race, a battle over alternative energy policy is playing a growing role in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.
 

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Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
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Lifting giant windmills into the sky
Noble Environmental Power has is erecting 122 wind turbines in an energy park in western Clinton County. David Sommerstein was there as turbine #6 went up.
Iberdrola Renewables, one of the leading private electric utilities worldwide and the largest renewable energy operator in the world, is holding an informational meeting tomorrow in Parishville
Iberdrola Renewables, one of the leading private electric utilities worldwide and the largest renewable energy operator in the world, is holding an informational meeting tomorrow in Parishville

Parishville-Hopkinton wind power in "earliest stages"

The owner of the Northeast's largest wind farm - on the Tug Hill Plateau - is looking into a new project in St. Lawrence County. Iberdrola Renewables is holding an informational meeting tomorrow in Parishville. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Hammond wind farm put on hold

The Spanish-owned company that wants to build 75 wind turbines in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond has put the project on hold. Iberdrola says it's waiting for Hammond to finalize its zoning laws for wind power. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Jefferson County town bans wind power

Towns across the North Country have been consumed by commercial wind farm projects. Wind power has divided neighbors, even families. It's turned the results of elections in places like Hammond and Cape Vincent. A recent planning board meeting in Cape Vincent dealing with wind power devolved into a physical altercation.

The town of Henderson, on the shore of eastern Lake Ontario in Jefferson County, has side-stepped future wind clashes. It's become the first North Country town to ban all wind turbines - industrial ones, private ones, even wind test towers.

Henderson town supervisor Ray Walker voted with the 4 to 1 majority passing the law Wednesday night. He told David Sommerstein a mostly anti-wind citizens' group came up with a set of zoning regulations after a year of research.  Go to full article

Wind power debate continues to divide towns

The wind debate hasn't been very civil in communities across Upstate New York.
The Innovation Trail's Emma Jacobs and Ryan Morden visited East Meredith and Litchfield in...  Go to full article
Maple Ridge wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau

Wind power facing economic headwinds

A recent report from the agency that monitors New York's electric grid says the state can quintuple the amount of wind power pulsing through the system by 2018. But wind...  Go to full article

Wolfe Island bird kills raise wind power concerns

A recent study of bird and bat mortality at Wolfe Island's 82-turbine wind farm is raising concerns among environmentalists. Wolfe Island is Canadian territory, located...  Go to full article

Jefferson County says no to NYPA plan for off-shore wind farm

The New York Power Authority has targeted zones in lakes Ontario and Erie as potential sites for off-shore wind farms. The zones are all more than two miles from shore, and...  Go to full article
The Hammond town board last night.

Hammond wind meeting portends more conflict

The Spanish energy company Iberdrola wants to erect 75 wind turbines in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond. Many would be visible from the St. Lawrence River. As with...  Go to full article

"Golden Crescent" epicenter of wind farm battles

This week, Iberdrola Renewables revealed plans to build 75 wind turbines in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond. The windmills would be 66 feet taller than those on the...  Go to full article
Part of the Maple Ridge Wind Farm. (Photo by David Chanatry.)

Birds, bats, and wind

Every state in the northeast has set a target for increasing the amount of renewable energy it produces. Wind power is a big part of this push. Those towers and turbine...  Go to full article

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