Public Service Commission representatives will be present at our April 1st open house, which will be held from 4-7pm at the Barker Fire Hall. They will be giving two 30 minute presentations on the Article 10 permit process. The presentations will take place from 4:30-5:00, and again at 6:30-7:00. We hope you can come out at one of these times to listen in. The remainder of the open house will be open to Article 10 questions as well as any other questions about the proposed project.
The New York Independent System Operator has reported that at 1pm on March 2nd the state set a new record for energy from wind power of 1,524 MW of output, which represents around 7% of the total usage at that time. NYISO President and CEO Stephen J Whitley said, "Wind power continues to grow as a power resource and the NYISO continues to optimize our electric system's use of renewable power". Currently NY has 1,744 MW of installed wind capacity, with an additional 2000 MW of proposals being studied by the NYSISO. To put this in comparison, in 2005 NY had only 48 MW of installed wind capacity. In addition to transmission upgrades throughout the state this potential additional wind power capacity, which includes the proposed Lighthouse Wind project, will continue to demonstrate that New York can be a role model in renewable energy development for other states, particularly those in the Northeast. Read more about this milestone here or here.
We are excited to announce our third open house has been scheduled for April 1st at the Fire Hall in Barker. Dan and I, in addition to several other Apex folks will be on hand to discuss our proposed Lighthouse Wind project and the Article 10 permitting process in detail. Please stop by anytime from 4-7pm to learn more about the project and for some light refreshments. If you have any questions before then, don't hesitate to Email Us or call at (716) 562-4262. Thanks, Taylor
I am writing to clarify that there is not an open house scheduled for March 12th. The confusion around this arose because in Apex's original PIP submittal on October 31, we included an example open house flier as a demonstration of one method of advertising for such events. We were notified of how this example page may be confusing for folks reading the PIP, thus revised our PIP such that the advertisement notification had the date and location removed, and a watermark inserted labeling it as an example. We appreciate various folks pointing this fact out to us, and hope it didn't cause too much confusion. Continue reading
Apex submitted an updated Public Involvement Plan (PIP) today. The PIP is an important document which summarizes the activities Apex will undertake to educated, inform and involve all stakeholders in the project, including the general public. You can learn more about the article 10 process, and the PIP specifically, by going here: Article 10 Process Continue reading
From 3-7 pm on Tuesday, December 9th, Apex held an open house event at the Yates Town Hall to foster public knowledge and awareness of the Lighthouse Wind project, which is proposed to cover areas of both Niagara and Orleans Counties. This is the second such event, with the first taking place at the Barker Fire House in Somerset in October. Continue reading
Apex has installed a 60 meter meteorological tower on Lower Lake Road in Somerset. This tower, equipped with an anemometer to measure wind speed and direction, will gather data 24/7 and send it wirelessly to Apex meteorologists for analysis. As the project develops, Apex plans to install additional meteorological towers in both Yates and Somerset to create a highly accurate map of the wind resource over the project area. When the time comes, the months of data from the towers will allow us to site turbines to optimally capture the exceptional wind resource of the area.
Health Canada just completed the most comprehensive and largest study on wind energy and health to date. They collected data for two years, and they have released their summary report today. The good news is – the results support what previous studies have concluded: wind turbines are not related to adverse health. Read the complete summary from Health Canada, here. Key findings are: Continue reading
Exerpts from Article by Buffalo Business First Reporter- David Bertola One small Western New York town is spending and saving big, thanks to money blowing in from wind power. The plan in the Town of Eagle to use wind power to eliminate town taxes and garbage fees for the 1,200 who live there seems to be working. But there are plans to do more, and Wyoming County Superisor Joseph Kushner is already preparing for the time when the $1 million the town receives annually from a wind-power company comes to an end. Four years ago, Kushner said roads were all re-paved, senior and summer programs began being offered at no cost and a new $130,000 ambulance was purchased. The town also added a new fire truck and plow truck, each of which cost $200,000. All was possible because of the infusion of about $970,000 annually from a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement Eagle had with Noble Wind Energy LLC, which installed 93 turbines in Wyoming County. Sixty-seven are south of Route 39, and 26 are north of it... Continue reading