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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
Citizens examine visual simulations at Noble Environmental's open house in Ellenburg...
Citizens examine visual simulations at Noble Environmental's open house in Ellenburg...

The Wind Farm Debate Continues in Clinton

Two more North Country towns are embroiled in debate over industrial-size wind farms. In Cape Vincent, hours of public meetings have failed to yield setback requirements for a proposed 60-windmill farm near the St. Lawrence River. The town of Plattsburgh will consider a one-year moratorium on wind farms tonight.

In northern Clinton County, two projects promising almost 300 windmills are moving ahead. One of the companies held open houses last week to court supporters. Opponents have sued to halt the plans. As David Sommerstein reports, at stake are an economic windfall and a rural landscape that could be forever changed.  Go to full article

Wind Farm Lawsuits Hit Two Towns

The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that two north country towns are being sued over their wind farm laws. Anti-wind farm activists say the towns failed to satisfy state environmental review laws. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Ellenburg Clears Air With Wind Meeting

The town of Ellenburg in Clinton County is hosting an informal meeting Friday on wind farms. Two developers want to erect a total of 74 turbines there. As David Sommerstein reports, local leaders want to get out accurate information.  Go to full article
A turbine outside Bill and Pat Burke's house.
A turbine outside Bill and Pat Burke's house.

Tug Hill Places Its Future With Wind

Maple Ridge wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau is the biggest wind power producer east of the Mississippi. Its 120 turbines are set over 14 miles in 4 Lewis County towns. They can spin out up to 170 megawatts of electricity, enough to power most of Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Jefferson Counties. This summer, Maple Ridge will build another 90 turbines. The Tug Hill region is at the cutting edge of a wind energy boom. And it's benefiting economically, earning tens of millions of dollars in tax payments and land leases a year. That's the trade-off for a ridgeline that will never look the same. In part two of our series on wind farms, David Sommerstein visits the neighbors of the largest wind farm in the East.  Go to full article

Checking One Wind Power Claim

Yesterday David Sommerstein reported on some of the claims by those who oppose industrial-sized wind farms. One in particular caught him attention. He spoke with Martha Foley about a wind farm in Illinois.  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County [source: Horizon Wind Energy]
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County [source: Horizon Wind Energy]

Wind Offers Hope, Conflict in North Country

New York State has pledged to get 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2013. 18% already comes from hydropower. Experts say most of the remaining 7% will come from the wind. And the North Country is poised to play a prime role. 120 turbines are already spinning out power on the Tug Hill Plateau. Two companies have plans to erect hundreds of turbines in Clinton and Franklin counties. And more prospecting is underway from Cape Vincent to Chateaugay. Wind farms can evoke strong reactions, often for aesthetic reasons. But anti-wind groups in the region have a long list of negatives that go far beyond the view. David Sommerstein looks at the issues.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (Official photo)
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (Official photo)

National Grid Faces Anger After "Slow" Storm Clean-Up

National Grid officials say all but a handful of homes and businesses in the north country should have electricity restored, six days after a windstorm swept New York state. The storm caused outages to more than 300 thousand homes and businesses and killed at least two people. In the Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks, shelters were set up for displaced families. National Grid now faces growing criticism from local leaders for their response to the storm. State assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, a Republican from Willsboro, has complained about the response to the state's Public Service Commission. Sayward told Brian Mann that many locals no longer trust National Grid to provide reliable service or to provide accurate information during a crisis.  Go to full article

Hundreds in North Country Without Power Seek Shelter

Parts of the north country are still without power this morning, following Friday's powerful windstorm. At least two people died in the gale. National Grid says about 30,000 of its customers are still without power, most of them in rural parts of eastern New York. At the peak of the storm, more than 325,000 utility customers across New York state lost power. Parts of Moriah, Westport, and Saratoga Springs were still without electricity yesterday, braving single-digit temperatures. Brian Mann spoke Monday morning with Eileen Reardon, executive director of the Adirondack-Saratoga chapter of the Red Cross.  Go to full article

Wind Power Blowing Ahead on Wolfe Island

Harvesting wind for power has become one of northern New York's hottest, and more controversial, issues. The Maple Ridge wind farm is already spinning out up to 170 megawatts of electricity on the Tug Hill Plateau. Wind power proposals in Cape Vincent, Hopkinton, and Malone have brought out fervent supporters and critics. A Calgary-based company has plans to build an 86-turbine, $410 million wind farm on Wolfe Island. The big Canadian island at the far upstream end of the St. Lawrence River is perfectly situated to catch breezes off Lake Ontario. David Sommerstein spoke with Margaret Knott. She writes a column about Wolfe Island for the weekly Kingston Heritage newspaper. She says the island's 1300 year-round residents have been mostly supportive, but some opposition has surfaced recently.  Go to full article

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