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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
Windfall poster
Windfall poster

New doc gives voice to wind power critics

The North Country has the largest industrial wind farm East of the Mississippi, on the Tug Hill Plateau. There are also several in various stages of planning from Cape Vincent to Plattsburgh.

Many have been held up for years by battles over the pros- and cons- of wind power.

A new documentary sets out to warn about the potential negatives - aggressive power corporations, conflicts of interest for lawmakers, the noise, height, and setbacks of the turbines, and more.

Windfall tells the story of the little town of Meredith, near Oneonta, and how wind power divided the place. It's shown at the Toronto Film Festival and several other major festivals around the country.

Director Laura Israel brings Windfall to the Clayton Opera House this Saturday. She told David Sommerstein she bumped into the issue when she moved into a cabin in Meredith.  Go to full article
The jury is absolutely out as to whether this will even become a real company.

"Wind Tamer" and the incentives game

WindTamer, the Rochester-based startup that makes small wind turbines, announced Monday that it's expanding in New York. The move comes with substantial taxpayer help, but as the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, one analyst warns this fairy tale might not have a happy ending.  Go to full article
Wind turbine in background generates 30% of enegy needed to power Jiminy Peak, including its "snow guns."
Wind turbine in background generates 30% of enegy needed to power Jiminy Peak, including its "snow guns."

Ski resorts make "green" snow to save cash

Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of the winter ski season. At least, that's the hope among resorts in the Northeast.

Since nature doesn't always cooperate with a thick blanket of early snow, many ski areas make their own. But snow-making requires massive amounts of electricity. While artificial snow helps keep ski areas in business, making it is also the industry's biggest financial challenge as energy costs rise.

The Innovation Trail's Dan Bazile reports on a new effort to use green technology to ease the pressure on the bottom line.

(The Innovation Trail is a collaboration among five upstate media outlets, reporting about New York's innovation economy.)  Go to full article

Bird, bat deaths prompt call for St. Lawrence Valley wind moratorium

Save the River, an environmental group based in Clayton, NY, wants a three-year delay in development of more wind power along the St. Lawrence River.

A spokesperson for the group says there are proposals for some 400 wind turbines in the Thousand Island region. Preliminary numbers from a study at an 86-turbine wind farm on Wolfe Island, a Canadian island near Kingston, Ontario, show higher than usual mortality among birds and bats. Martha Foley has more.  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 where Lake Ontario empties into the St. Lawrence River. The report found 600 birds and more than a thousand bats were killed by the windmill blades in a six month period. Nature Canada called the numbers "shockingly high." Ornithologist Bill Evans says the real question is which species of birds died. Evans directs Old Bird, Inc. in Ithaca and has consulted for both wind power companies and environmental groups. He told David Sommerstein Wolfe Island is a designated important bird area, so ornithologists predicted high fatalities. Evans says the number of hawks, owls, and other raptors was the most alarming.  Go to full article
Wind power supporters and opponents outside the Woods Hole Coast Guard station during a visit by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Photo by Curt Nikisch.
Wind power supporters and opponents outside the Woods Hole Coast Guard station during a visit by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Photo by Curt Nikisch.

Two sides of the great wind power divide

A decade-long fight over a proposed wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts could be over soon. It's called Cape Wind. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he will make a decision by the end of April. What would be the nation's first offshore wind farm is bigger than a simple "not in my backyard" issue. Like wind development proposals in this region, it has divided communities and even neighbors. Reporter Curt Nickisch met two people who've come down on opposite sides - both for environmental reasons.  Go to full article
The Hammond town board last night.
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 many other communities across the North Country, wind power has deeply divided Hammond. At a meeting last night, the town board tried to get a fresh start on the issue. But as David Sommerstein reports, the initial results were not promising.  Go to full article

North Country seeks greater returns from energy plan

Governor David Paterson has released a draft of the new New York State Energy Plan. It will affect how we heat our homes, power our appliances, businesses, and factories, and how much it will all cost. The plan sets a goal of using 30% renewable electricity by 2015 and reducing energy usage by 15% over the same timeframe. Public hearings are being held statewide. The first one yesterday in Canton held symbolic and political significance. David Sommerstein explains why.  Go to full article

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