PROTECT YOUR TOWN
UPDATE: APA public comment deadline extended to December 10th, 2018.
Are you aware the APA has quietly made a move toward embracing industrial wind and solar development inside the Blue Line in their November 9, 2018, “Policy on Renewable Energy Production and Energy Supply Guidance” document? We believe the impact of this decision would scar the Adirondacks forever.
Weigh in on this extremely important issue regarding the future of the Adirondacks at email@example.com. Although the deadline for comments is December 3rd, don’t be dissuaded from voicing your concerns.
Please, learn what Governor Cuomo’s "50 by 30" goal really means for the North Country and the Adirondacks. We encourage you to further research each topic presented on this website to better educate yourself, your friends and family. Support the principle of Home Rule in our NYS Constitution, and insist upon your right to control the future of your towns and counties. Your northern neighbors from Hopkinton and Parishville fought this battle for over 2 years.
Urge your local government to adopt a Moratorium on wind and solar development to allow them time to research and create laws that will protect you from many negative health, environmental, and economic impacts.
We believe all members of every community should be protected and fully informed whenever large wind and solar projects are under consideration.
April 9, 2019
The Adirondacks, America's Original Wilderness
CALL TO ACTION:
submit comments to the APA
How noise trespassing occurs on your property. Effecting your family's health and well being.
Protect Your Town - urge your local government to adopt a Moratorium on wind and solar development to allow them time to research and create laws that will protect you from many negative health, environmental, and economic impacts.
Northern NY Wind
What's inside a wind turbine?
2010 video, basic components
February - March 2020
Article 23 - Under the guise of a last-minute amendment to the state budget process, Governor Cuomo is attempting to accelerate renewable energy development at the expense of our towns... see details - learn more
With regard to the "blueline" and possible development inside the Adirondack Park, REMEMBER…
- There are currently 9 to 11 signed lease inside the blueline in Hopkinton.
- Avangrid, the developer, requested inclusion of ALL of the state forest land south of Rt 72 in their request to the town for the project expansion there (cleverly not shown on the "project" maps submitted to the DPS). This land touches the blueline.
- Avangrid met with the APA to discuss erecting a MET (meteorological) tower inside the blueline in Hopkinton (source PIP and public comments).
- Precedent set: A MET tower exists in the Gore Mountain area for the Adirondack Wind Energy Park (Same lawyer responsible for this success was Hopkinton's consulting attorney) Also see old newspaper article from 2009 titled: Adirondack Park Agency wants to make it easier to build wind turbines http://www.syracuse.com/news
- There are about 25,000 acres owned by Woodwise Forestland, LLC of Scottsville, NY inside the blueline located in Hopkinton, further south of the Avangrid requested expansion area. Woodwise is a huge lease holder in Iberdrola's Mad River project, so has an existing relationship with Avangrid.
- Setting the stage: Avangrid requested "hunting camps" be removed from the category of “Residence” in both the Hopkinton and Parishville wind laws as well as in their PSS submitted to the DPS. If implemented, this change would mean your current or planned dwelling would be excluded from existing “Residence” protections under those laws.
What you need to know about Industrial Wind Farms
Beware, typically a "Good Neighbor Agreement" silences the property owner from publicly expressing any regrets.
Redlining practice that grants open season for developers to target certain economically challenged upstate areas – areas where the power generation is already clean and not needed
RIGHT HERE IN NY
With the accumulation of the QUIETLY signed leases from land owners, industrial energy developers have been and are currently planning the fundamental transformation of small rural towns without zoning throughout NY state... All without you and other community members even being aware of it.
For over 10 years New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) has published various white paper and energy tool kit guides that have been authored along with energy industry players using your tax dollars. They lay out how developer “prospecting” and your town’s zoning, or lack there of, play a crucial role in a developer deciding to target your small rural town.
Since 2011 “Major electric generating facilities larger than 25 MW are sited according to New York State’s Article 10 law.”
An industrial energy lease (along with so called good neighbor agreements) give the wind or solar developer control of the property and excludes the property owner from any say in the developer’s planned use. Grouped together, these leases allow a corporation, not individual property owners, to control a very large tract of land in a town. And remember, there is always an expansion to push up with taller turbines and out to adjacent properties and towns, there is never one "project phase" and done.
As a result, now your new “small town” neighbor will be a large corporate tenant and industrial power plant.
Then, after construction, when you want to discuss any problems (for instance noise compliance) with your new corporate neighbor EVERYONE will be required to telephone the corporation’s 1-800 complaint resolution telephone line located elsewhere in the country to speak with someone you do not know.
We urge you to protect your town now from the many negative health, environmental and economic impacts of an industrial energy project. Your town board must pass a moratorium on industrial energy development to allow them time to research and write protective wind and solar laws. Do not allow a developer or the state, using Article 10, to erode home rule in our small communities of the North Country. Here's why...
April 1, 2019
Commentary: Rural communities must have a voice in energy planning
January 4, 2019
The Green New Deal Is a Trojan Horse for Socialism
Jan 7, 2019
The Green New Deal, explained -
An insurgent movement is pushing Democrats to back an ambitious climate change solution.
January 16, 2019
Cuomo Calls For Quadrupling New York’s Offshore Wind Goal
January 16, 2019
Gov. Cuomo: NY must go 100 percent clean energy by 2040
... AND EFFECT,
November 28, 2018
New York Plans for Wind Energy..."whether the state should, could and under what circumstance override local law..."
October 23, 2018
Getting Renewables Sited in New York
March 3, 2019
Report from the NY Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters
...THE NEED TO PROTECT
March 9, 2019
Clifford P. Schneider: Siting renewable energy projects needs local input
March 7, 2019
San Bernardino County Says No to Big Renewables… The biggest county in America doesn’t want big solar or wind projects.
January 28, 2019
Wind companies choke truth with gag orders
What to expect when construction starts... Arkwright, NY
When you take a close and careful look at the land mass of New York State it is clear to see that the potential for large scale wind development is very limited. We persist with aggressive efforts under state renewable energy goals to build out wind power in the State. But when you consider honestly where that is likely or even possible to happen, much less fair, it is realistically very constrained, and highly suspect from the standpoint of environmental justice.
For both commonsense and fairness we should start by looking at where in New York additional electric power generation is needed, and particularly where clean power is needed. The answer to that question is clearly downstate.
Should not then all open space in downstate areas be utilized first for new generation sites? If the State is reluctant to override what it knows will be intense local opposition in the New York City area, Long Island and the Hudson Valley, where the power is needed and where existing generation is primarily fossil fueled, then it is indisputably the case that the State has essentially accepted the reality of a redlining practice that grants open season for developers to target certain economically challenged upstate areas – areas where the power generation is already clean and not needed, and where the populace lacks the economic power to fight back convincingly against development of those projects.
This is de facto energy redlining of New York – marking off for unprecedentedly intrusive (big, loud and ugly) industrial development, areas of the State that have marginal political clout based on socio/economic factors more than anything else.
Let’s scan the map of New York. Let’s break down the potential for wind power development (on land) in New York State on a county by county basis.
CALL TO ACTION:
Governor Cuomo’s Power Grab
REDLINING NEW YORK COMMUNITIES ?
Adirondack Park ALERT!
- Article 10 does not allow APA to hold public hearings… read this lifted from Article X text:
[Enacted August 4, 2011]
SITING OF MAJOR ELECTRIC GENERATING FACILITIES
SECTION 172. POWERS OF MUNICIPALITIES AND STATE AGENCIES.
2. The adirondack park agency shall not hold public hearings for a major electric generating facility with respect to which an application hereunder is filed, provided that such agency has received notice of the filing of such application.
CHAPTER X CERTIFICATION OF MAJOR ELECTRIC GENERATING FACILITIES SUBCHAPTER A REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING ARTICLE 10 OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE LAW AS ENACTED BY CHAPTER 388, Section 12, OF THE LAWS OF 2011
1000.6 Filing and Service of an Application
(6) one paper copy on the APA if such facility or any portion thereof as proposed or in any alternative location listed is located within the Adirondack park, as defined in subdivision one of section 9-0101 of the ECL;