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Wind turbines in Searbury, Vermont Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/redjar/113885544/">Jared and Corin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wind turbines in Searbury, Vermont Photo: Jared and Corin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lowell VT rejects anti-wind vote at town meeting

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Lowell voters are standing behind their support for a 21-turbine industrial wind power project making electricity on a ridge above the northern Vermont community.

In a Town Meeting Day vote Tuesday, 27 voters supported an article opposing Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project while 110 voted against the article.  Go to full article
Researchers release a tagged golden eagle in the Catskills. Photo: Matt Richmond
Researchers release a tagged golden eagle in the Catskills. Photo: Matt Richmond

How bad are wind turbines for Golden Eagles?

New York State has set a goal to generate 30 percent of electricity demand from renewable sources by 2015. And wind power will have to play a major role to meet that goal. But there is a problem: Turbines can kill a lot of birds.

Scores of birds of prey, including eagles, have died in the birthplace of the U.S. wind power industry, California's Altamont Pass.

As New York's wind industry expands, researchers are spending the winter tracking the East Coast's Golden Eagle population, hoping to help keep them out of harm's way.  Go to full article
Wind Turbines in Searbury, Vermont Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/redjar/113885544/">Jared and Corin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wind Turbines in Searbury, Vermont Photo: Jared and Corin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont loves renewable energy, except when it arrives

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont touts itself as clean and green but renewable energy has had a bumpy ride in the state recently.

Strong opposition from citizens' groups to a wind-power project in Lowell, the recent vote by property owners to reject a proposed wind farm in northeastern Vermont, and a ruling by state regulators against a proposed wood-burning power plant have some questioning the state's willingness to turn talk into action on renewable energy.  Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

BP killing Cape Vincent Wind Farm

After battling local residents for years, energy company BP says it's killing its proposal for the Cape Vincent Wind Farm. Some of the project's most vocal critics are dancing on its grave.

BP had been facing a March 17 deadline to sell the project or face a review by the state's Public Service Commission.  Go to full article
Environment New York says wind power helps keep New York's air clean. Photo: David Sommerstein
Environment New York says wind power helps keep New York's air clean. Photo: David Sommerstein

Green energy advocates push the upsides of wind power

A new report is touting the environmental and health benefits of wind power.

The analysis from Environment New York's Research and Policy Center says wind power is saving New York State more than 800-million gallons of water every year.  Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Report: NY's energy could near 100% renewable by 2030

A recent study from Cornell and Stanford universities outlines a scenario that would see New York State generating all its energy from renewable sources by year 2030.

Cornell University Professor Tony Ingraffea co-authored the study. The basic question researchers considered was whether New York could do without energy from fossil fuels in the near future. The answer, he says, is yes.  Go to full article

Massachusetts motor company brings new jobs to Glens Falls

New York Electric Motor Service, a small motor company based in Glens Falls, changed hands at the beginning of the year, and additional hiring is likely to follow.  Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Wind company pulls out of Hammond

One of the world's largest wind power company is walking away from a project to build wind towers in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond. Iberdrola of Spain says it's slowing down investment worldwide.

The plan generated bitter disputes in Hammond and several lawsuits to stop it.  Go to full article
BP's Richard Chandler answers questions from Cape Vincent and Lyme town officials at a meeting Tuesday evening in Lyme. Photo: Joanna Richards
BP's Richard Chandler answers questions from Cape Vincent and Lyme town officials at a meeting Tuesday evening in Lyme. Photo: Joanna Richards

Cape Vincent meeting message to BP wind: "Go Home!"

Town officials and community members from the Jefferson County towns of Cape Vincent and Lyme gave BP a clear signal at a meeting Tuesday night in Cape Vincent: a wind farm isn't welcome there.  Go to full article
Maple Ridge wind farm near Lowville. Photo: David Sommerstein<br />
Maple Ridge wind farm near Lowville. Photo: David Sommerstein

Wind farms test New York's home rule tradition

A company that wants to erect 48 wind turbines in the town of Clayton recently announced it would seek permitting through the state's Article X, not the town council. Another company did the same thing in nearby Cape Vincent earlier this year.

Article X is a law passed last year. It gives a state board the authority to green light new power plants, including wind farms, possibly over local objections.  Go to full article

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