Save Ontario Shores, Inc.

Save Ontario Shores, Inc. is a grassroots citizens group

formed in January 2015 to address the health, safety and welfare of the Town of Yates and Town of Somerset taxpayers and residents regarding the issue of permitting Apex Clean Energy, Inc. to build 45 to 70 industrial wind turbines in these rural towns. Concerns include sound emitting from the turbines 24 hours a day, change to the rural nature of the area with the addition of industrial wind turbines, potential health risks, and the effect on wildlife, local businesses, property values and tourism.


Apex’s proposed Lighthouse Wind turbine placement maps:


Click on the brackets on the upper right hand side of the window below to get a larger map. This map is interactive and works like Google maps. You can zoom in using the +/- buttons on the lower left. You can double click on the turbine icons or on a leased parcel to see who the owner is. For an alphabetical list of signers in both towns, go to our “Leases and Easements” tab.

What you can do to Participate

Power Coalition unites to block Lighthouse Wind Project

A diverse group of organizations have joined forces to stop the Lighthouse Wind project. See the press release announcing the formation of the POWER Coalition

Birding in and around Somerset and Yates 2020

Participate in local bird counts from the comfort of your home or a location nearby. Become a citizen scientist! Birding in the Towns of Yates and Somerset

The American Bird Conservancy published the “Top 10 Myths About Wind Energy and Birds” on December 6, 2017 – They also published a March 2016 report that lists the Lighthouse Wind project in: “10 of the Worst-Sited Wind Energy Projects for Birds” –

The Rochester Birding Association says the “Apex Lighthouse Wind Project Poses Significant Threat to Birds”:


Statement of Save Ontario Shores on New York State Budget
The Renewable Energy Siting Law passed Thursday, Apr. 2, has some minor changes from the governor’s original budget amendment. Community groups were added back in as possible parties. There are additional opportunities to request a hearing. But the process does not give local concerns, local health impacts, and local environmental issues a chance against the looming “state energy goals” and the out of state industrial renewable developers who stand to profit from these projects. READ MORE

On March 19, 2020, SOS President Pam Atwater and Vice President Kate Kremer sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assemblyman Carl Heastie. In it they address the misconceptions being touted by ACE NY and other organizations in support of the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth & Community Benefit Act.
To read the letter, READ MORE.

Here is a list of items we’re calling the “Top Ten Industrial Renewables Corporation Wish List”. Governor Cuomo gave these corporations everything they wanted changed in Article 10 at the expense of New York rural communities. This wish list has resulted in the 30-day budget amendment called the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth & Community Benefit Act.
To read the list, READ MORE.

On March 1, 2020, the Buffalo News published an op-ed by SOS Vice President Kate Kremer. It addresses the governor’s recent budget amendment and states in part: “The governor has had enough of home rule. His amendment legislates the steamrolling of industrial renewable projects that fundamentally change the character of towns with no meaningful opportunity to engage in the process. The power grab is extreme, affecting more than 100 towns across upstate New York, and includes the state taking land by eminent domain.”
To read the op-ed, READ MORE

On December 29, 2019 the Buffalo News published an op-ed by SOS President Pam Atwater. It discusses the push for large scale renewable energy projects in Upstate New York and the need for rural residents’ voices to be heard. As our state develops a plan for implementing its clean energy goals, rural voices, including those with objections to large-scale industrial projects in rural residential communities, should be front and center.
To read the op-ed, READ MORE

On September 10, 2019 Senator Ortt sponsored a public health presentation at ECC which brought together experts in health, acoustics, noise, and siting issues as they pertain to industrial wind projects in New York State. Also individuals shared impacts they’ve experienced while living near industrial wind turbines. To learn more about this event and watch video presentations by the speakers CLICK HERE.


Niagara County Legislature supports calls for industrial wind turbine environmental and health studies

SOS president calls on Gov. Cuomo to reconsider support for Lighthouse Wind project

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Please consider joining this work by giving what you can. Monthly donations are welcome. SOS is a not for profit corporation and it is not a tax exempt organization, so donations are not deductible for tax purposes. Checks can be sent to:

Save Ontario Shores, Inc.
PO Box 382
Lyndonville, NY 14098

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