Cohocton Wind Watch: January 2015
Cohocton Wind Watch is a community citizen organization dedicated to preserve the public safety, property values, economic viability, environmental integrity and quality of life in Cohocton, NY and in surrounding townships. Neighbors committed to public service in order to achieve a reasonable vision for a Finger Lakes region worthy of future generations.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Baron Winds Wind Project, Steuben County, NY

  • Up to 300 MW
  • Up to 150 wind turbines
  • Approximately 320,000 tons of offset CO2 each year
The Baron Winds Wind project is a proposed 300 MW wind farm located in the Towns of Hornellsville, Hartsville, Fremont, Wayland, and Cohocton and  in Steuben County, NY. The project will be located on primarily farmland and recreational land and could include up to 150 turbines when completed. The project’s point of interconnection is expected to be in the existing Canandaigua  substation in the Town of Cohocton. Current plans will utilize a turbine at 100 meter (330 feet) hub height and will include a series of project roads and overhead and underground collection and transmission lines throughout the project area.
The project will be subject to the New York State Article 10 Siting Process and will also be required to obtain other state, local and federal permits prior to construction and operation. If built the project would result in an estimated 320,000 tons of CO2 emission reductions, and will span up to 40,000 acres.
Power projects in NY are now permitting using the Article X Process.  Information on the Process can be found by clicking the links below.  Please check this site often for updates on the progress of the Baron Winds Wind Project.


For additional information and questions contact Kevin Sheen

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

FIRST WIND - TerraForm Power Announces Public Offering of Common Stock

In the event the First Wind acquisition is not completed, TerraForm Power intends to use the net proceeds of this offering for general corporate purposes.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

First Wind Secures Energy Sales Agreements with Idaho Power Company

Boston, MA and Boise, ID – January 5, 2015 – First Wind, a leading renewable energy company, today confirmed that the Idaho Public Utilities Commission has approved Energy Sale Agreements with five proposed First Wind solar projects and the Idaho Power Company. The contracts are for 20 years and for projects that total 100 megawatts (MW). The five 20 MW projects are spread across southern Idaho where they will provide energy and economic diversity to Ada, Elmore, Owyhee and Power counties.

 "We're excited to announce these agreements for new solar energy in Idaho," said Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind. "These five projects will deliver clean, renewable solar energy to homes and businesses in Idaho at a cost-competitive price. The new long-term contracts with Idaho Power Company will enable us to move forward quickly and create a source of major economic activity for Idaho through good construction jobs and significant local tax revenues."

Each project is targeted to be completed by the end of 2016. Taken together, close to $10 million in direct property taxes will be generated by the projects over 20 years. The five projects combined are expected to generate approximately 250,000 MW hours annually – enough to power the equivalent of nearly 30,000 homes.

First Wind currently operates four solar projects in Massachusetts, and has additional solar projects in development in Hawaii and Utah. In Idaho, First Wind operates the 45 MW Power County Wind project on behalf of a third-party owner.

About First Wind
First Wind, which recently entered into an agreement to be acquired by SunEdison and TerraForm Power, is a leading renewable energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the United States. Based in Boston, First Wind is operating or building renewable energy projects across the country, with combined capacity of nearly 1,300 megawatts (MW) – enough to power more than 375,000 homes each year. For more information on First Wind, please visit or follow us on Twitter @FirstWind.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Cape Wind Dealt Setback As 2 Utilities End Power Contracts

Two major utilities on Tuesday evening terminated their contracts to buy power from Cape Wind, the long-debated proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound, saying project managers had missed a crucial deadline.

National Grid and NStar, a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities, say Cape Wind missed the Dec. 31, 2014, deadline contained in the contracts to obtain financing and begin construction, and had chosen not to put up financial collateral to extend the deadline.

NStar had agreed to buy 27.5 percent of Cape Wind’s power. National Grid had signed on to purchase 50 percent.

Cape Wind has proposed a $2.5 billion, 130-turbine offshore wind farm off of Cape Cod. If built, it would be the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters.

“The deadlines Cape Wind has missed were contractually agreed-upon by both companies,” a Northeast Utilities spokeswoman said in a statement late Tuesday. She added: “We remain committed to meeting the commonwealth’s clean energy goals through competitively bid contracts while also keeping prices down on behalf of our customers.”

A National Grid spokesman said in a statement the utility is “disappointed that Cape Wind has been unable to meet its commitments.” He added: “We will continue to pursue other renewable options, including solar, competitively priced on- and off-shore wind, and other technologies as they become available.”

Mark Rodgers, a Cape Wind spokesman, said in an email that the developer does not “regard these [power contract] terminations as valid” because of provisions in the contracts that extend deadlines, including protracted litigation.

Cape Wind cited “extended, unprecedented and relentless litigation by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound that prevents Cape Wind from achieving the [project’s] remaining critical milestones.”

Audra Parker, president and CEO of the alliance, said in a statement that the “decision by NSTAR and National Grid to end their contracts with Cape Wind is a fatal or near-fatal blow to this expensive and outdated project.”

She added: “It’s very bad news for Cape Wind, but very good news for Massachusetts ratepayers who will save billions of dollars in electric bills.”

Without buyers for its power, Cape Wind’s ability to secure financing needed for the project would become all but impossible.

Ian Bowles, who as Gov. Deval Patrick’s first energy and environment chief helped shepherd the offshore project, said the project may be dead.

“Presumably, this means that the project doesn’t go forward,” he told The Boston Globe.

Patrick, a strong supporter of the project, issued a brief statement Wednesday that did not refer directly to Cape Wind, but expressed confidence in offshore wind energy.

“The future of off-shore wind in the Commonwealth remains bright, as does the path for the marine commerce terminal in New Bedford,” said Patrick, who leaves office Thursday.

Cape Wind signed a lease agreement with the state in September to use New Bedford for staging and construction of the project.

Matthew Beaton, who is the energy secretary-designate of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, told WBUR the utilities’ decisions will not affect other renewable energy projects. 

“As we go into the new administration, we’re going to look at every form of renewable energy
electricity and weigh them on their merits and on their effectiveness to generate electricity at a reasonable price,” he said. 


Saturday, January 03, 2015

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree: Tax Breaks Critical for Wind Energy

That’s critical tax credits for things like wind energy developers and people in our state who just need to know what their investments in the future are going to look like," Pingree says, "and this uncertainty is just bad for the business."
Pingree says tax policy should be established for at least several years to allow businesses and individuals to plan. 
Perhaps a reporter should ask Congresswoman Pingree about the following:
Chellie Pingree's husband, largest media owner and political campaign contributor in Maine, incubated D.E. Shaw (Half owner of First Wind), largest wind developer in Maine and New England

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