Dear Friends of SOS,
Apex has recently announced that it will not file an application for Lighthouse Wind in 2019. It has closed its Barker office and moved those resources to its Albion office to serve the Heritage Wind project in Barre as well as the Lighthouse Wind project. Apex knows that the Yates and Somerset town laws are strong, that opposition to the project among the towns has transmitted to a solid base of opposition in the Town Boards and that opposition among the population has grown as people continue to research and investigate. This company is in retreat mode but it’s not gone yet.
This is a substantial change in circumstances and there is reason to be pleased. But Apex’s Lighthouse Wind project is still alive. The headlines indicate that the project is done and yet, while there is a clear shift, the project has not been pulled from the NYISO interconnection queue and nothing has been filed with the Department of Public Service to withdraw the project.
Thank you for your unrelenting opposition to this project. We know that it is the actions of countless people in our communities – donating, talking to neighbors, staying informed, coming to meetings, voicing concerns, placing signs, writing letters and so many large and small acts - that together have formed a force that has been a match for this out of state corporation. We need to stay together to get this job done.
Below is our press release and links to recent coverage in the local media. We will be back with another email next week so stay tuned!
SOS Press Release, April 11, 2019:
We renew our call for Apex to end this project immediately. Today’s announcement causes further havoc, anxiety and unrest among residents who have clearly said they oppose installation of these massive industrial wind turbines. The turmoil Apex has caused in our communities is despicable and is the absolute opposite of corporate responsibility. Apex is not saying they're pulling this project; once again, they're simply pushing it back, as they've been doing for years. Apex refuses to admit this project is done. It's time to end it, once and for all.
Orleans Hub: https://orleanshub.com/apex-wont-be-submitting-application-for-lighthouse-wind-this-year/
Lockport Union Sun & Journal:https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/apex-no-longer-applying-for-proposed-wind-farm-in-somerset/article_84e581da-5c74-11e9-88a0-a36f8a82e1cb.html?fbclid=IwAR1qw0rDl0STwe4a2B8K6hl2ariZI8t6roOz8MfyuZ_0whNNfPF-NjzgLZo
Batavia Daily News: https://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn01/apex-not-submitting-lighthouse-wind-application-this-year-20190411&template=mbdn
Channel 2 coverage (another piece has been aired but we haven’t seen the link yet): https://www.wgrz.com/video/news/investigative-post-apex-will-not-file-permits-for-wind-turbines/71-6f664e83-580a-4220-96f5-8cc1dae134a2