North East wind farm critics to raise concerns.382882013-05-06T11:15:17Z2013-05-06T11:15:17ZTexas-based Pioneer Green Energy began leasing property for a commercial wind farm south of Interstate 90 two years ago. Its original plan to build as many as 75 turbines to power about 45,000 homes recently was pared to 10 to 20 turbines, company officials said.Against the wind; Public speaks out on proposed wind farm on Jack's Mountain.381492013-04-23T21:33:04Z2013-04-23T21:33:04ZThe Union Township Planning Commission listened to concerned residents about potential wind turbines being constructed on Jack's Mountain at its Monday night meeting.
Volkswind, a German wind farm development company, has not submitted anything to the planning commission.North East group wants tight restrictions on wind farms.116162013-04-23T14:27:28Z2013-04-23T14:27:28ZThe group, called Neighbors for a Responsible North East and led by Matt Putman and Paul Crowe, is lobbying for limits on the size of wind turbines that can be built in the township and a ban on commercial turbines, or windmills, within 1 mile of any neighborhood.Pa. wind energy installation double, but produce just 1% of electricity.381262013-04-21T12:47:44Z2013-04-21T12:47:44ZSome advocates of renewable energy wonder whether Pennsylvania will ever reach the wind energy levels of Iowa and some other leaders.
"My view is, probably not," said George Jugovic, president of PennFuture, an environmental group. "I think it's just economics." Jugovic supports wind energy and still believes it will grow here, just not at the scale of other states.North East issue isn't if turbines should be regulated, but how.380852013-04-16T17:18:53Z2013-04-16T17:18:53ZMatt Putman, of Neighbors for a Responsible North East, said the proposed setbacks are insufficient and are less than some turbine manufacturers recommend. Turbines should be at least 1,300 feet from roads and property lines and more than a mile from any neighborhood to reduce potential noise and "shadow flicker," he said.NW Pa. wind farm plan has backers, opponents.75122013-04-14T12:48:14Z2013-04-14T12:48:14ZSome northwestern Pennsylvania residents want limits placed on the size of wind turbines that can be built in their area and a ban on commercial windmills within a mile of any neighborhood.
Wind-energy producers eye Bethlehem watershed for turbine farm.374872013-02-22T04:58:32Z2013-02-22T04:58:32ZWhile the deal would allow Iberdrola up to 10 years to study the area and obtain licenses and permits for the turbines, Repasch said he would likely know which direction the city was heading within five years. The agreement calls for Iberdrola to pay $10,000 a year during the permitting and studying phases and $100,000 a year by the fifth year. Lull in orders for Bucks wind-turbine plant.372452013-02-03T00:03:19Z2013-02-03T00:03:19ZBut after Gamesa completes the order for 25 windmills, around the end of February, there are no other jobs in the pipeline for the company's seven-year-old factory in Fairless Hills. The domestic market for new wind turbines has stalled.
"We probably won't see any orders for several months," said David J. Rosenberg, the vice president of marketing for Gamesa.BP variance application denied.368232012-12-20T02:42:13Z2012-12-20T02:42:13ZZoning board Chairman Larry Umholtz, and members Jim Artz and John Johns voted December 12 for the denial, following a hearing that lasted a little more than an hour and included testimony from citizens and BP representatives. ..."We, the board, do not feel BP has shown justification for this variance to be granted." E.ON Sells Half of U.S. Wind Parks to PensionDanmark.362292012-10-08T13:08:16Z2012-10-08T13:08:16ZEON AG agreed to sell a 50 percent stake in three U.S. wind farms to Danish pension fund PensionDanmark as Germany's biggest utility seeks to free up capital. ..."The return is very similar to what we can get on listed equities, though with a very limited downside risk," thanks to fixed prices negotiated on the power generated by the turbines over the next 15 years." Bats may be given endangered status.358242012-08-21T00:17:49Z2012-08-21T00:17:49ZPossible measures would include seasonable restrictions on timber cutting in areas with bat maternity sites, restrictions on human entry in areas where bats are hibernating and restrictions on wind turbine operations, also identified in a contributing factor in bat mortalities.Gamesa to lay off 92 at Bucks plant.353962012-07-06T03:04:28Z2012-07-06T03:04:28ZThe news follows a May announcement that Gamesa would halt the installation of a test wind turbine that it had been planning off the coast of Virginia.
The company said it was "extremely difficult" to justify the cost of the project due to the lack of a mature offshore wind-energy market in the U.S.
Gamesa lays off 73 Cambria workers.353822012-07-04T19:45:07Z2012-07-04T19:45:07ZA total of 165 employees at Gamesa's production facilities in Bucks and Cambria counties are expected to be laid off starting in late August or early September, Gamesa spokesman David Rosenberg said.
"Basically, we're adjusting our production capacity at the two facilities to reflect the current U.S. market conditions," Rosenberg said.Gamesa furloughs dozens of workers .353792012-07-03T21:36:25Z2012-07-03T21:36:25ZThis is the plant's second large furloughing of workers in recent years. Gamesa temporarily laid off 79 workers in late 2009 when the recession decreased demand for its products. The company was able to bring back those employees thanks to an infusion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.