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Windmills spark jobs and power

A developer submitted an application for a wind farm in Cape Vincent last week. According to the Watertown Daily Times, AES Acciona Wind Power NY wants to erect 65 wind turbines south of the village along Route 12E. The company will set up an escrow account to pay expenses as the town conducts an environmental review. Cape Vincent planning board chairman Richard Edsall told the Times, "we have the right to outside professional expertise, and we intend to use it." Two wind farm proposals in Cape Vincent have sparked controversy over how far turbines should be allow to be built from homes, roads, and the St. Lawrence River.

A boom in the wind power industry nationwide is helping the St. Lawrence Seaway. Freighters are carrying loads of turbine blades and tower pieces from Denmark and other countries in Europe to ports in the Great Lakes. In fact, wind energy developers are ordering so many windmills, they're running into a supply problem. Now there are plans to build factories to produce windmills in the U.S. It's all happening in spite of inconsistent federal support. The Environment Report's Stephanie Hemphill reports.  Go to full article

Brandon passes wind moratorium

A town in Franklin County is the latest to pass a moratorium on industrial wind turbines. Clayton, Cape Vincent, Beekmantown, and Plattsburgh also have suspended wind issues. Meanwhile, a new wind farm is close to breaking ground in three towns in Clinton County. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

North Creek wind projects moves ahead

A plan to build a wind farm near the Gore Mt. ski area cleared a major hurdle yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Wind farms sweeping away wildlife?

Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sources of new electricity in the United States. For some environmentalists, that's good news. Wind turbines don't spew smoke into the air. There's no nuclear by-product. But there is an environmental risk. To see it, you have to view the wind turbines through the eyes of a bird. The GLRC's Dustin Dwyer has more.  Go to full article

Wind Farm Developer Pays Off Disgruntled Man

A wind farm developer in Clinton County Wednesday paid a man $20,000 to remove a blockade of his driveway. Noble Environmental Power has leased the property to store wind turbine blades and parts. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Wind Farms Interfering With Radar Systems?

Many wind farm projects are on hold right now. The federal government is concerned about possible interference with military radar installations. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

APA Tests Wind In Park

A big crowd is expected in Ray Brook this morning, where the Adirondack Park Agency will take up a controversial plan to build a network of giant wind towers in Johnsburg. The project has strong local support, but has divided the environmental community. As Brian Mann reports, the decision is seen as a test case for the wind industry inside the Adirondack Park.

Other Key Agenda Items: The Park Agency has a busy schedule this week. They'll also consider two new subdivisions in North Elba, the town that includes Lake Placid. The projects would develop more than 650 acres with high-end luxury homes. Also, the APA is expected to cast a final vote on a new management plan for the St. Regis Canoe area, one of the most popular paddling destinations in the park. Tomorrow, the agency will discuss two controversial issues in the Park -- the height of new buildings and the state's policy for managing roads inside the forest preserve.  Go to full article

Energy Fair Looks at the Big Picture

If you're concerned about high gas prices you may be interested in interested in alternative fuels.Or maybe you'd like your home to be more energy efficient. You'd like to use solar, wind or micro-hydro energy, or build "green". There is a long list of alternative ways to produce or save energy, and most of that list can be found somewhere on the agenda for the Eleventh Annual North Country Sustainable Energy Fair at Canton College today and tomorrow. A panel on biodiesel kicks off the fair tonight at canton College. Martha Foley talked with Ann Heidenreich, of Community Energy Services, one of the organizers.  Go to full article

Clayton Prepares Wind Farm Moratorium

Clayton, in the Thousand Islands portion of the St. Lawrence River, is the latest North Country town to consider a moratorium on industrial scale wind turbines. A developer of the wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau wants to erect 40 to 60 windmills in Clayton. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Cautious With Wind Power

This week, the Plattsburgh town council voted unanimously for a one-year moratorium on wind farms. There are a couple spots in the town where wind power production would be feasible. But no developer has approached officials with a project. Still, supervisor Bernie Bassett told David Sommerstein Plattsburgh wanted to move cautiously into the world of renewable energy. He says the turbines provoked more questions than answers.  Go to full article

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