www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c99+122?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZHegins Township zoning board denies BP variance application.368472012-12-23T13:39:53Z2012-12-23T13:39:53ZZoning board Chairman Larry Umholtz and members Jim Artz and John Johns voted Dec. 12 for the denial, following a hearing that lasted a little more than an hour and included testimony from citizens and BP representatives. About 40 people, including Hegins Township Zoning Officer Allan Swab, attended the hearing held in the Hegins Area Ambulance Association building on Gap Street.
Change delays windmill rules in Mahoning Township.298532010-11-10T14:38:21Z2010-11-10T14:38:21ZThe board added a provision to the windmill ordinance stating personal property windmills cannot cause loss of a signal, such as from a satellite or dish TV or a cell phone, to a neighboring property.
As a result of the change, the supervisors will have to re-advertise the ordinance to be adopted at its Dec. 20 meeting.
Wind turbine ordinance to be reviewed .294572010-10-12T19:16:25Z2010-10-12T19:16:25ZCommittee Chairwoman Susan Madian said she - and several other council members - have heard concerns and complaints from residents since council approved the ordinance three weeks ago. None of those residents had voiced their concerns during the ordinance approval process.Turbine tussle persists; Wind farm focus of public hearing.287422010-08-12T12:57:50Z2010-08-12T12:57:50ZIn written testimony to the Army Corps, Thomas Kunz, a biology professor at Boston University with a long list of studies and publications qualifying him as an expert on bats and their reproduction, said there is a high level of risk to the Indiana bat population at the proposed project site.
The location is routinely and heavily used as a roosting and foraging location, as well as a potential bat migration path, Kunz said.
Northampton adopts ordinance regulating construction of alternative energy systems.286082010-08-04T14:59:13Z2010-08-04T14:59:13ZWhile the new law bans wood-fired burnersand essentially relegates wind turbines to the less dense R-1 zoning district, it eases traditional setback requirements for residents and businesses contemplating systems like solar panels, said Komelasky.
Without the ordinance, the turbines could have cropped up in high density neighborhoods and become a source of problems. And Komelasky said they can be "noisy and obtrusive."
Fayette urged to update zoning for renewable energy, wells.284452010-07-23T14:51:48Z2010-07-23T14:51:48ZFayette County needs to move faster to update zoning for renewable energy and Marcellus shale gas wells, according to some residents who addressed commissioners during a public meeting on Thursday.Fayette Zoning Hearing Board chairman defends wind farm action.280412010-07-02T12:40:25Z2010-07-02T12:40:25ZThe chairman of the Fayette Zoning Hearing Board said members of the board "totally ignored" political pressure and instead made its decision regarding a controversial wind farm "in favor of being honest and acting in a professional manner."Hegins OKs windmill ordinance.277802010-06-14T11:47:19Z2010-06-14T11:47:19ZIn a unanimous vote June 7, the Hegins Township supervisors adopted an ordinance they said had as good of a defense as the township could provide regarding a wind farm proposed by BP Wind Energy.Mahanoy Twp. ordinances OK'd for wind, solar farm placement.274502010-05-22T10:49:44Z2010-05-22T10:49:44ZThe Mahanoy Township supervisors on Thursday approved two ordinances regarding the creation of wind and solar farms within the township.
The ordinances state that plans for wind turbines or solar panels must be reviewed by the township planning commission before they can be permitted in the township.
Twp. easing rules for residential windmills.259712010-03-06T07:33:10Z2010-03-06T07:33:10ZThe Portage Township supervisors are attempting to streamline the permitting process and reduce the local costs of having an on-lot residential or small-business wind turbine.
A revamped ordinance based on an original statute adopted in 2005 will be advertised next week with plans for adoption in April, Supervisor Kenneth Trimbath said.
Brady Township Supervisors move toward commercial wind turbine ordinance adoption .253722010-01-30T02:55:07Z2010-01-30T02:55:07ZThe Brady Township Supervisors moved one step closer to adopting an ordinance that will regulate the construction of commercial wind turbines in the township.
According to supervisors Chairman Darryl Beatty, the purpose of the special meeting was to discuss and amend the ordinance that was presented at an earlier special meeting.
Erie's zoning code goes green?: Meeting to focus on solar power.248292009-12-28T13:40:08Z2009-12-28T13:40:08ZTechnology exists to generate electricity through wind turbines and solar panels.
But Erie's zoning code hasn't caught up -- yet.
Erie City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the code that would allow for the construction and installation of "urban solar farms," or large-scale, commercial energy-generation facilities, within the city limits.
Wind turbine limits ordinance nearly done for Brady Township .245272009-12-09T20:30:21Z2009-12-09T20:30:21ZThe Brady Township supervisors moved one step closer to enacting an ordinance regulating the construction of wind turbines by presenting a draft copy of that ordinance at the December meeting.
They limited questions and discussion of that ordinance to one-half hour at that meeting but said that there will be a public meeting held at the Community Building Tuesday.Franconia OKs windmill rules.242712009-11-26T13:58:25Z2009-11-26T13:58:25ZThe answer as to whether a combination wind turbine and cellular tower opposed by neighboring property owners is allowed to be built on a Franconia property is still blowing in the wind.
But the township now has rules for any future plans to build windmills.
The new rules were approved by the Franconia supervisors at their recent meeting.
Hearing clarifies windmill ordinance.237822009-10-23T13:28:42Z2009-10-23T13:28:42ZFayette County commissioners took no action following a hearing to make revisions to an ordinance that permits commercial and residential windmills and wind turbines as a permitted use, rather than by special exception, in areas zoned agricultural, light industrial or heavy industrial.
Commissioners had approved the ordinance in June, but attorney Richard Bower, representing Iberdrola Renewables of Portland, Ore., said the ordinance required some minor revisions.
Wind turbines again control Butler meeting.237622009-10-21T14:14:57Z2009-10-21T14:14:57ZAs has been the case for more than six months, the issue involving wind turbines again dominated the Butler Township supervisors meeting Tuesday evening.
The township municipal building was again filled to standing-room only with township residents and others who oppose the proposed project planned by Broad Mountain Development Co. LLC, a Rich family company.
Broad Mountain has a proposed locating 27 wind turbines in the Fountain Springs area, a plan strongly opposed by local residents.In Clearfield ... Planners hear concerns about turbine project.237132009-10-20T19:39:24Z2009-10-20T19:39:24ZClearfield County Planning Commission listened to a pair of concerned citizens at its meeting last night who shared information about a proposed wind energy project. Brady Township resident Gary Swope shared information about the 43-turbine project projected for Brady, Bloom and Penn townships by Iberdrola Renewables. Swope reported the project area would contain industrial-sized wind turbines measuring 300 feet across its blades and 400 feet from the ground to its highest point. Monaca takes wind out of man's plan for backyard turbine.233612009-09-28T03:49:00Z2009-09-28T03:49:00ZIf Monaca resident Chuck Thomas had been able to get his windmill up and running over the weekend, he would have been able to take advantage of Monday's stiff breezes. ..."One problem is that there is no provision for small wind turbines in his zone," Leone said Monday. "He has to get a variance for that, and his hearing isn't scheduled until Oct. 19." Attorney's oversight delays vote on West Penn wind turbine ordinance.231262009-09-15T21:59:42Z2009-09-15T21:59:42ZFor much of this year, the West Penn Township Board of Supervisors has been considering an ordinance regulating the use of wind turbines.
The ordinance has been reviewed by the planning commission and revised after being under public scrutiny.
When it came time for the supervisors to pull the trigger and vote on the proposed regulations, an oversight by the township's solicitor has the board delaying that vote again, at least for another month.
Wind turbine research continues .229282009-09-01T02:40:23Z2009-09-01T02:40:23ZThe Brady Township Supervisors held a workshop conference call in relation to developing a wind turbine ordinance. The conversation was with Thomas Tuffey, the director of PennFuture's Center for Energy, Enterprise and the Environment covered many areas of interest for the supervisors, who are currently writing an ordinance that will place regulations on the wind turbines currently being proposed by Iberdrola, U.S.A. in the township.