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BP attorney John Harris gives a presentation about the Article X power facility siting process in Cape Vincent Thursday night. Photo: Joanna Richards
BP attorney John Harris gives a presentation about the Article X power facility siting process in Cape Vincent Thursday night. Photo: Joanna Richards

BP hears more push back on Cape Vincent wind farm

BP Energy was in Cape Vincent last week to give a presentation on New York State's Article X process for siting power generation projects.

It was another contentious encounter between local anti-wind power activists and BP representatives over the proposed Cape Vincent Wind Farm.  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
The election was very pivotal, and in our opinion, very definitive.

Local elections influence two towns' wind futures

The prospect of wind energy development has divided north country communities from Cape Vincent to Clinton County. New York's new Article X law gives developers the option to seek state review of where to put their wind farms. But prior to Article X, accepting and siting the big turbines was up to each town. And companies can still choose local rather than state review.

More than once, the conflict over wind has spilled over into local politics. That has been the case in both Cape Vincent, on Lake Ontario, and Hammond, on a windy ridge overlooking the St. Lawrence River. In both towns, last fall's elections pitted incumbent supervisors who favor regulation of wind power against challengers who had already signed leases with energy companies to place wind turbines on their land. Joanna Richards reports on the likely impact of those elections.  Go to full article
Wind farm  Photo:  Chip Mitchell
Wind farm Photo: Chip Mitchell

Gas drilling could take air out of offshore wind

Politics and price are pitting gas drilling against offshore wind on the Great lakes.
Our Front and Center partnership with WBEZ in Chicago looks at hopes for economic revival in the nation's rustbelt.

In the Cleveland area, politicians and businessmen have been pushing for years to build a wind farm in Lake Erie. But the project's financing is up in the air, and as WBEZ's Chip Mitchell reports, state politics is tipping the balance toward hydrofracking, and away from what could be the first major offshore wind development in the Great Lakes.  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
Wolfe Island Wind Farm.  Photo: Chris Trimmer and Aleksandra Bragoszewska
Wolfe Island Wind Farm. Photo: Chris Trimmer and Aleksandra Bragoszewska

Wolfe Island, transformed by wind power

Most experts agree we need to move toward renewable energy to save the planet. Giant wind farms are already up and running across America - from the high deserts of California to the North Country's Tug Hill Plateau. And from coast to coast, communities have been divided over wind power development. Supporters around the nation imagine wind providing clean energy--and green jobs--for generations to come. But wind farms have a downside.

In 2009, dozens of wind towers were installed on Wolfe Island on the Canadian side of the border, just where Lake Ontario feeds into the St. Lawrence River. The turbines rise like thirty story buildings, transforming the landscape and sharply dividing a once-sleepy farming community. This audio collage, produced by Chris Trimmer and Aleksandra Bragoszewska of Kingston, Ontario for Front and Center, captures the low roar of the turbines and the dissonance they've spread in the community.  Go to full article
Photo: David Chanatry.  The Maple Ride Wind Farm in Lewis County has had a positive effect on property values, unlike projects in other counties.
Photo: David Chanatry. The Maple Ride Wind Farm in Lewis County has had a positive effect on property values, unlike projects in other counties.

Study shows wind turbines have mixed affect on property values

Wind power projects have been controversial in the North Country ever since the Maple Ridge Wind Farm started turning in Lewis County more than five years ago. One of the big questions remains: how do wind turbines affect the local economy?

Now a team of researchers at Clarkson University has some answers. Assistant professor Martin Heintzelman and PhD student Carrie Tuttle found that wind projects can depress property values by as much as 17-percent. But, they can also have a positive effect on real estate.

The researchers collected information about 10,000 property sales in three counties, including Lewis, between the years 2001 and 2009. They mapped the sales of these properties. They mapped all the wind turbines. And they considered every factor they could think of that might be a variable in the sales price: the size of the property, the house, whether it's in a village, what was happening with the general real estate market. Professor Heintzelman spoke with Julie Grant about what they found.  Go to full article
Bob Lussier, Beaver Falls, kite buggier
Bob Lussier, Beaver Falls, kite buggier

Kite skiing? Try kite buggying!

Earlier this month, you heard David Sommerstein's report on the 2010 Kite Skiing Festival on the Tug Hill Plateau. Skiers and snowboarders tether themselves to high performance kites that harness the Tug's strong winds and pull them along open farm fields.

While David was at this year's kite skiing festival, he learned there's something else you can do with a kite - kite buggying. Here's David for today's Heard Up North.  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
People we had known and been friends with for years broke with us. Or we broke with them? I don't know. But it happened.

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 Central New York. Both have populations just over a thousand people. Both have been approached by wind power developers. And both have residents are at odds. Emma Jacobs reports.  Go to full article

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