March 12, 2018  SOS Newsletter
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What are “stipulations?” The stipulations filed by Apex are not the application for the project. Stipulations do not give information about the Lighthouse Wind project. Instead, the stipulations give a summary of the studies, reports, data and other information that Apex will put into the application when and if it files one. Apex has taken over two years to put together this listing of studies. Many of the studies listed in the stipulations Apex believes they have completed.

What will happen next? Apex may file an application for the Lighthouse Wind Project any time after the comment period for the stipulations ends on May 9th. However, they may not file the application for many months or they may decide not to file one at all. If they file an application there will be many documents including a map of possible locations of the turbines. The application may or may not include the exact type of industrial wind turbine. Apex will ask that some of the data that they have collected be considered “proprietary” and kept confidential. Once the application is determined by the DPS to be complete then a hearing will be scheduled.

Local meetings: SOS will host two meetings during the month of April to give residents an opportunity to talk about the stipulations and possible next steps. We will send out another email with details about dates, times and location.

What can we do? Many people are asking for ideas as to how to respond.

  1. The Department of Public Service website is still taking general comments from the public. Consider writing something that shares your experience of the Somerset and Yates area and reasons why up to seventy 600 foot towers with 200 foot spinning blades should not be placed there. For a link to make comments online, go to our homepage (

  2. Additionally, SOS will post on our website and on our Facebook page an instruction sheet for people who would like to comment on the stipulations. If you want to comment on the stipulations consider coming to the local SOS meetings and we can discuss this further.

  3. Keep talking to neighbors and friends. Encourage them to go to our website and sign up for the SOS email newsletter. This will also allow them to receive other notices that may come out between newsletters.

  4. Consider writing an editorial to one or more of the local papers.

  5. Donate to SOS.

In case you didn’t see our press release about stipulations:

Save Ontario Shores, Inc. (SOS) is firmly committed to continuing its opposition to Lighthouse Wind, an industrial wind project proposed by the Virginia corporation, Apex Clean Energy. Stipulations for the Article 10 Lighthouse Wind electrical generation project were filed on March 5, 2018. This is the last step before the company can file the application for this project that has proposed up to 70, 600-foot industrial turbines to be placed along 12 miles of the Lake Ontario shoreline. This corporation has been unmoved by the three-year steadily growing chorus of opposition to the project.

Residents in the beautiful rural lakeside towns of Somerset and Yates, located in the project area, were surveyed in 2015 and voiced overwhelming opposition to the project. This did not dissuade the developer, Apex. Since then the two Town Boards passed well-reasoned laws to protect the towns’ environment, residents and economy.

Several diverse national, statewide and regional environmental and birding groups, along with SOS and organizations representing tourism, economic development, and hunting and fishing interests, have formed the POWER Coalition (Protecting {Lake} Ontario’s Waterfront, Environment & Resources) to jointly raise concerns. County legislatures in Erie, Niagara, and Orleans counties have all voiced their opposition to Lighthouse Wind. The project location includes a major migratory flyway for songbirds and raptors, a lakeside tourist region, and proximity to a US Air Base and thousands of residences and small businesses.

Apex’s reluctance to engage with citizens regarding their concerns has left the company isolated from local leaders. But New York State’s Department of Public Service has indicated that developers need to go through local laws and not around them.

The SOS signs have been up for years and support many in the local community who say:

We’ll Keep Fighting! and APEX Go Home!




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