wind power

Did this town just 'zone out' wind farms?

May 10, 2018
Lauren Rosenthal

Hopkinton, a small town in rural St. Lawrence County, just staked out a tough position when it comes to wind farms. The town board approved a strict zoning law that will require wind farms to stay within one specific corner of town — but about a half-mile away from people’s homes and the boundary of the Adirondack Park in New York State's North Country. That's causing problems for a wind project that's been in development by Avangrid Renewables, an international energy company with wind farms in Herkimer and Lewis counties, for years. It also serves as a lesson for other towns considering wind farms.

There was plenty of criticism from Southern Tier residents Monday night during an informational meeting about a planned wind turbine project for the towns of Arcade, Centerville, Farmersville, Freedom and Rushford.

New York State Department of Transportation

The New York State Department of Transportation will be transporting "super loads" of wind turbine parts through southern Western New York beginning Tuesday.

WBFO News file photo

There may be debates about the value of generating electricity from the wind, but two major privately financed wind farms are starting a $50 million construction project any day just across the border in Ontario's Niagara Region.