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You can't say no to wind, and no to solar and no to biomass and no to power plants and then say, I want jobs and a thriving economy.

Cuomo says Article X law strikes necessary balance between local input, need for power

While at Fort Drum this week talking about biomass fuel, Governor Andrew Cuomo chimed in on another energy issue, one much more likely to strike nerves in the north country: the state's new Article X law. Joanna Richards reports.  Go to full article
The Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden. Photo: Tomasz Sienicki
The Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden. Photo: Tomasz Sienicki

Jefferson County officials oppose offshore wind in Lake Ontario

A group of Jefferson County legislators has for the second time in two years expressed opposition to offshore wind turbines in Lake Ontario. Almost two years ago, the New York Power Authority proposed an offshore wind turbine project, which Jefferson County rejected. Now the county may move to oppose federal overtures in that direction. Joanna Richards has more.  Go to full article
The solar installation at this house in Ithaca provides about 100% percent of what's needed at this residence. Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond.
The solar installation at this house in Ithaca provides about 100% percent of what's needed at this residence. Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond.

Federal support for renewables in question

The U.S. government supports renewable energy with money for research and tax breaks. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, that backing has come under political fire, and the industry is already feeling the effects.  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County. Photo: David Chanatry
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County. Photo: David Chanatry

Cuomo wants $2 billion to modernize power corridor to North Country, Quebec

Governor Cuomo's agenda for the coming year includes more than $20 billion for capital projects aimed at boosting the state's infrastructure.

One of the big ticket items is a $2 billion plan to develop new high tech utility lines designed to feed electricity from producers in the North Country and Quebec to consumers downstate. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Maple Ridge wind farm, on the Tug Hill plateau.
Maple Ridge wind farm, on the Tug Hill plateau.

Article X raises local concerns

The New York Power Act signed this summer includes an item called Article X. Article X creates a state-run process for siting large power plants.

The Innovation Trails's Emma Jacobs reports how the law meant to streamline new power generation has some local people upset.  Go to full article
At the end it was really about how much it was going to cost

NYPA pulls the plug on offshore wind

GLOW, the plan for offshore wind in the Great Lakes reached its final chapter yesterday. The New York Power Authority officially scrapped its plan to support offshore wind farm development in Lake Ontario or Lake Erie.

Emma Jacobs has more for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
My wife and family are more important to me than what's going on here with these wind issues.

Cape Vincent struggles with wind power divide

Small communities across the North Country, from Burke in the east to Hammond in the west, have been deeply divided over wind power development.
The disputes pit neighbor against neighbor, and can go on for years.

That's the case in Cape Vincent, situated just where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River.

The picturesque town fills up in the summer with boaters, fisherman and summer residents with homes on the water. But the community's tourism and second home economy has come into conflict with the prospects for up to 137 wind turbines being built there by BP and a Spanish company called Acciona.

That's put enormous pressure on the town council and town planning board. In recent weeks, three of the Planning Board's five members have resigned.
Joanna Richards reports.  Go to full article

Turbine manufacturer eyes Ogdensburg

A press release from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office surprised a lot of people in the north country last Friday. The release urged support for a major wind turbine production project that would create 1200 jobs in Ogdensburg. It's an idea that had been floated for Massena a couple years ago, but the shift to Ogdensburg was news to many. North Country Public Radio's Nora Flaherty explains what happened.  Go to full article
Conservation biologist Todd Katzner of West Virginia University shows off the Golden eagle's seven-foot wing span. (Photo by Nancy Eve Cohen)
Conservation biologist Todd Katzner of West Virginia University shows off the Golden eagle's seven-foot wing span. (Photo by Nancy Eve Cohen)

Golden eagle helps site wind turbines

After a farmer found an injured Golden eagle in New York this winter, wildlife veterinarians in Massachusetts treated the bird. And a biologist outfitted it with a GPS tracking device before releasing it in Connecticut. The goal is to map its migration north to Canada. The data is designed to help site wind turbines in places that are safe for these birds. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports from a windswept hilltop where Golden eagle was released into the wild.  Go to full article
Tim Helfter, Hopkinton, (center) has strong objections to the wind power project.
Tim Helfter, Hopkinton, (center) has strong objections to the wind power project.

Critical crowd greets wind company in Parishville

A skeptical public greeted wind power representatives Saturday in St. Lawrence County. Iberdrola Renewables says it's in "the earliest stages" of developing an industrial wind farm in the towns of Parishville and neighboring Hopkinton. As David Sommerstein reports, this weekend's open house puts the communities on a familiar - and contentious - path.  Go to full article

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