Wind Energy Problems in NY State- The Enron Scam Lives On

July 20, 2008 •
New York


Evans to resume talks on wind energy laws

The Evans Town Board has delayed discussion on three wind energy
laws that would regulate both commercial and noncommercial facilities.
Board members will pick up discussion when they meet again Aug. 20. The board held public hearings on the laws Wednesday night.
Although the board received communications from the town Planning Board
indicating strong support of the proposed laws, two residents voiced
concerns over their language.
William Henry of Pontiac Road asked the town to review the proposals, . . .

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July 19, 2008 •
New York


Turbine repairs at Maple Ridge

According to Tod Nash, operations manager for the Maple Ridge
Wind Farm, shaft bearings for “only a select few [windmills] upon
inspection,” will be needed in the coming months. Nash told the Journal
the project will be “hopefully done by winter.” Nash said that the
maintenance was not routine, but a warranty situation.

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July 17, 2008 •
New York, Vermont


First wind encounters trouble in New York

Massachusetts-based First Wind, formerly known as UPC Wind, is
the subject of allegations of wrongdoing in New York, along with a
Connecticut-based Noble Environmental Power LLC, according to the New
York Attorney General’s Office.
First Wind is the firm behind the wind farm proposal in Sheffield.
N.Y. Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo alleges there have been improper
dealings with public officials as well as anti-competitive practices.
Subpoenas were served on First Wind, based in Newton, Mass., and the . . .

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July 16, 2008 •
New York


Cuomo investigating alleged ‘dirty tricks’ in in local windmill projects; Two WNY companies under investigation

Two wind power companies developing windmill projects in
Western New York — including Steel Winds on the old Bethlehem Steel
plant site in Lackawanna — are under investigation by State Attorney
General Andrew M. Cuomo for possible improper dealings with local
government officials.
Subpoenas were served Tuesday on First Wind, the lead developer of
Steel Winds, which is also developing larger, rural “wind farms” in
Steuben, Chautauqua, Genesee and Wyoming counties; and Noble
Environmental Power, . . .

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July 16, 2008 •
New York


Noble wind-energy firm under investigation; Relationship between companies and public officials examined

Noble Environmental Power LLC and a second wind-energy firm are
under investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office for
“improper dealings with public officials and anti-competitive
practices.”
“We’ve had a number of complaints from counties all over the state,
from Franklin all the way over to Erie,” said John Milgrim, spokesman
for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne was among “DAs from
eight counties, public officials and citizens” who bombarded Albany
with complaints . . .

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July 16, 2008 •
New York


Spafford residents speak against turbines

“The law needs to be more specific,” was the general sentiment
at the standing-room -only public hearing in Spafford where concerned
residents, television cameras and others gathered Thursday to comment
on the proposed wind turbine regulations.
Town supervisor Webb Stevens opened the meeting by saying the proposed
regulations were for personal use only, as there are four pending
applications for the construction of personal turbines and the planning
board has no regulations to guide them. He . . .

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July 15, 2008 •
New York, Press releases


Attorney General Cuomo launches investigation into wind power companies’ conduct across upstate New York

Allegations of Improper Dealings with Public Officials and Anti-Competitive Practices
Subpoenas Served on First Wind/UPC Wind and Noble Environmental Power, LLC
ALBANY, NY (July 15, 2008) — Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced
today the launching of an investigation into two companies developing
and operating wind farms across New York state amid allegations of
improper dealings with public officials and anti-competitive practices.
Wind farms are clusters of large electricity-generating turbines powered by wind and connected to the electric . . .

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July 15, 2008 •
New York


Wind farm deals under investigation

The state attorney general is launching an investigation aimed
at two out-of-state companies developing wind farms in Lackawanna and
across New York.
The probe, announced Tuesday, comes amid allegations of improper dealings with public officials and anti-competitive practices.
Investigators have served subpoenas on Newton, Mass.,-based First Wind
and Essex, Conn.,-based Noble Environmental Power LLC. First Wind built
the Steel Winds project along Lake Erie in the city of Lackawanna and
has wind farms in development in . . .

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July 15, 2008 •
Letters, New York


Some wind turbines are being sited near homes

A consumer advice report in the July 7 News was headlined: “With
new wind, solar projects, why are electric rates rising?” The
Associated Press writer notes correctly that electric power from coal
is still less expensive than from wind and solar. But he should have
added that so is power from most other major conventional sources he
mentions, and those sources provide power on demand, when it is needed,
not just when the wind blows.
Land-based . . .

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July 15, 2008 •
New York


Heavy-truck traffic topic of public hearing; Town closing 4 roads to heavy rigs

The Town of Malone is closing four roads to most truck traffic,
claiming the pavement can’t take the daily punishment, and people are
in danger.
The impacted highways are Porter Road, Goodman Road, Thomas Hill Road and River Road.
A public hearing will be held Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. in the Town
Offices at the Malone-Dufort Airport, giving residents and business
owners a chance to tell the Town Council what they think of the idea of
limiting . . .

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