Heritage Wind Community Grant Program now accepting applications for Summer 2020 grant cycle

July 15, 2020 – Apex Clean Energy and Heritage Wind are pleased to announce the opening of the Summer 2020 grant cycle for the Heritage Wind Community Grant Program. The program was launched this past spring to help small businesses and nonprofits in the Town of Barre and Orleans County. During the Spring 2020 grant cycle the program supported a number of programs including: A $4,000 grant to the Orleans Community Health Foundation for the purchase of PPE sterilization equipment at Medina Memorial Hospital A $2,500 grant that was matched by $2,000 in donations from area landowners to the United Way of Orleans County for their “United We Help” program A $1,000 grant to the Barre Historical Committee for establishing a permanent home for the town’s historical artifacts. Continue reading

Heritage Wind partners with landowners to raise $4,500 for the United Way of Orleans County

ALBION, NY – May 28, 2020 – In late April Heritage Wind put out a call to the local farmers and landowners working with it in Orleans County – the project would match dollar-for-dollar any contributions made to support the United Way of Orleans County’s “United We Help” fund. Local landowners answered the call, donating $2,000 to the fund in the past month. Those donations were matched by a $2,500 contribution from Heritage Wind and Apex Clean Energy. Continue reading

Heritage Wind partners with Orleans Community Health Foundation to protect front-line health workers

ALBION, NY– April 20, 2020 – Apex Clean Energy and Heritage Wind have awarded a special grant to the Orleans Community Health Foundation in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The $4,000 grant will help the foundation secure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sterilization equipment and other resources as needed to assist in the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic at Medina Memorial Hospital. Continue reading

Apex Clean Energy Announces Launch of Heritage Wind Community Grant Program

Grants will support programs and organizations serving the Town of Barre & Orleans County in the areas of public health, economic development, sustainability, and education Continue reading

Heritage Wind Files Article 10 Permit Application

BARRE, NY – March 13, 2020 – After an extensive period of public outreach and engagement, project engineering, and numerous studies, Apex Clean Energy’s Heritage Wind project filed its Article 10 permit application with the New York State Board on Electric Generating Siting and the Environment (Siting Board). The first project to file an Article 10 application this year, Heritage Wind would consist of 33 wind turbines located within the Town of Barre in Orleans County. If approved and built, the project would connect to the New York State electrical grid via an interconnection substation that would be constructed within the town along the existing National Grid Lockport-to-Mortimer 115 kV power line. Continue reading

Heritage Wind Posts Community Forum Materials

Albion, NY – March 29, 2019 – Heritage Wind has posted the information from its February 28 Community Forum at the Carl I. Bergerson Middle School Auditorium. The PowerPoint, Video, Transcript and Full Question and Answer Document can be found at https://www.heritagewindpower.com/february_28_community_forum.   The information session introduced further information on Heritage Wind’s proposed project in the Town of Barre, New York, in Orleans County. The program was conducted by a professional moderator and included a panel of professionals comprising Apex Clean Energy development team members and experts speaking on the topics of wildlife, sound, infrastructure, shadow flicker, and the permitting process.   A Q&A session was led by the moderator after the panel presentation. Audience members had the opportunity to submit their questions before and during the program for the moderator to pose to panel members about the project. Questions that went unanswered due to time constraints are part of what has been posted.   “Our intent with the forum and this extensive follow-up is to be as transparent as possible and to give residents and stakeholders the facts and data they need,” said Apex Director of Northeast Development Neil Habig. “We look forward to continued outreach to the community of Barre.”

APEX Clean Energy's Heritage Wind Receives NYSERDA Contract

Charlottesville, VA – December 6, 2018 – Apex Clean Energy today announced that its Heritage Wind project in the Town of Barre/Orleans County has been awarded a contract in the New York State Energy and Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) 2018 Clean Energy Standard Solicitation. NYSERDA evaluates the economic viability of projects bidding for power offtake contracts, and Heritage Wind’s award demonstrates NYSERDA’s confidence in the project. “Heritage Wind shows the promise and value of wind energy in New York,” said Mark Goodwin, president and chief executive officer of Apex. “With this award, the state is one step closer to its monumental clean energy goals. Apex is thrilled to play a role in helping New York achieve this milestone.” Today’s announcement supports both New York’s goal and Governor Cuomo’s mandate for 50 percent of the Empire State’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. ### About Apex Clean Energy Apex Clean Energy develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America. Our mission-driven team of more than 200 renewable energy experts uses a data-focused approach and an unrivaled portfolio of projects to create solutions for the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking customers. For more information on how Apex is leading the transition to a clean energy future, visit apexcleanenergy.com. Media Contact Cat Mosley, Public Affairs Manager Apex Clean Energy (434) 942-575

WIND ENERGY PHONE SURVEY SUPPORTS CONCLUSIONS OF BARRE COMMUNITY SURVEY: MAJORITY SUPPORT LOCAL WIND ENERGY

Barre, New York – October 5, 2018 – Today, Heritage Wind shared the results of a community phone survey it conducted in July. The survey results suggest that more than twice as many people in Barre and the surrounding area support the Heritage Wind project as oppose it. Heritage Wind has chosen to disclose the results at this time because they so closely parallel the results of the recent Barre Community Survey conducted by the Town. “We did not want to release our results sooner, because we did not want to influence the Town of Barre’s survey of a similar nature,” explained Ben Yazman, development manager of Heritage Wind. “But now that those results have been released, we thought it might be helpful to let the community know that we found very similar results in a recent survey we conducted to inform our public engagement work.” The phone survey commissioned by Heritage Wind secured responses from 170 area residents, 52% of who state that they support the project, compared to 22% who state that they oppose it. Additionally, when respondents who were initially undecided or leaning against supporting the project were provided a factual statement about the benefits it would bring the community, 33% of them stated they were more likely to support the project. Continue reading

Big Wind has its share of supporters in upstate

  "Bill Burke does not see what the uproar over wind turbines is about. A landowner in Lewis County’s Tug Hill region — famous for its astounding snow accumulations— Burke has lived near the 195-turbine Maple Ridge Wind Project since January 2006. Seven turbines are sited on his 600 acres, split between the towns of Lowville and Harrisburg. So far, he’s seen few of the negative impacts — noise, vibrations — that wind project opponents often reference. But he’s seen plenty of positives: new jobs, lease payments and lower tax bills thanks to revenue from the developers, EDP Renewables, LLC and Avangrid Renewables.  “It’s been nothing but a positive experience,” said Burke, a former dairy farmer and Lewis County legislator. “We have 35 well-paying jobs out of the deal, and they’ll all local. The school and township and county all benefitted greatly from it. It’s just worked out well. The landowners are compensated well.” Cheryl Steckly, superintendent of Lowville Academy and Central School, said the school district has made dramatic improvements with the $27 million it’s receiving through a Payment In Lieu of Taxes agreement with the developers. They have added science labs, art facilities and a gallery, smart boards in every classroom, a turf football field and wireless internet. Every student from third grade up now has a ChromeBook for schoolwork. The district also was able to renovate its outdated facilities, making improvements to the gym, pool, roofing, heating and air conditioning and more. “The demands on our local taxpayers would not have allowed us to make improvements at the level we were able to,” Steckly said. “It’s very significant.” “I think people have been able to see the financial impact that this has had on a rural community,” she added. Residents of Sheldon — one of four Wyoming County towns hosting wind projects — have also seen a windfall from Invenergy’s 75-unit High Sheldon Wind Farm. Town Supervisor Brian Becker said the nearly $1 million-per-year, 20-year PILOT agreement meant the town could cut taxes to $0 from 2009 to 2016. Becker recounted hearing from one resident had been against the project, but changed his mind after his first goose-egg town tax bill. “There’s very few who are still critical of it,” Becker said. That was not the case when Invenergy proposed the project late last decade. At the time, Becker said, many residents were vocally opposed over concerns about the noise, vibrations and shadow flicker generated by wind turbines, and, of course, their impact on the horizon.  To gauge public opinion, Sheldon held an unofficial referendum. Only about 50 percent of the town voted, and of those, 60 percent were in favor and 40 percent against. “The way I look at it, 80 percent of the people were either for the wind turbines or they didn’t care enough to get out and vote,” Becker said. Since the project was constructed in 2009, Becker said Invenergy has been very responsive to residents’ complaints relating to noise or shadow flicker. He recalls Invenergy purchased drapes for a woman who experienced some shadow flicker, an effect caused when the turbines spin and cast moving shadows. “I give them an A-plus rating with their interactions here within the community,” Becker said. Meanwhile, Burke said the effects of turbines are sometimes exaggerated by their opponents.  Turbines do hum as the blades turn, but walk about 100 yards away and that hum turns to a whisper, Burke said. And, the ambient sound of daily life easily drowns out the low hum. “If you’re busy and you’ve got anything going on at all in your life, you don’t notice this stuff,” Burke said. “And you really don’t hear anything to start with, unless you’re really still and you want to hear something.” Burke has noticed shadow flicker, too. But he has found it lasts for only about 10 to 15 minutes per day, and only under very specific conditions.  “The sun has to be just right and no clouds in the sky,” he said. “You don’t get it every day.” Of course, the visual effect is undeniable. Turbines are big, white sore thumbs over a horizon of tree tops and farm fields.  Still, some don’t see them as eyesores. In Lewis County, Steckly said, a private swimming team has dubbed itself the Turbine Swim Club. “I think people see the turbines are part of our local community,” Steckly said. “It’s just part of our landscape.” “People have come to accept them,” Becker said. “One person who was against them because of aesthetics, he said, ‘I don’t see ‘em any longer; when I do, it’s to see what direction the wind is coming from.’”  Burke said that during construction of the Maple Ridge project, people flocked to the Tug Hill region to see the turbines go up. In 2005, turbines were still relatively rare in upstate New York.  “It was fascinating to watch,” Burke said. “We used to have a lot of visitors here.” Burke said construction was otherwise “uneventful.” Becker said the work was a major boost to the local economy. For months on end, nearly every restaurant, hotel and apartment in Sheldon and neighboring towns was full.  Altogether, Becker said, most residents are happy Invenergy sited its project there.  “I would recommend it,” Becker said. “I feel it is a positive. But this is a democracy, and the people in that community would have to vote yes or no. It’s up to them.”   Link to article here.

ISU Research Finds Wind Farms Positively Impact Crops

March 5, 2018 AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have found that wind turbines located in agricultural fields are a plus for the crops growing around them. The overall effects on crops growing in wind farms appear to be positive said Gene Takle, Iowa State agronomy professor. He has led a team of plant and soil scientist along with extension specialists who have been looking into the effects since 2009. They started their work after seeing more wind farms and turbines pop up around the state. The new land use was positive for the landowners where they were located, but the researchers wondered if it was the same for the farmers growing crops. “It’s unusual because we’re continuing the previous land use and we’re adding another,” he said. “We’re sort of double-cropping because these can be thought of two forms of energy production. The Chinese do this when they plant soybeans in between horticultural crops. We’re planting turbines.” Continue reading