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Residents filled the auditorium of Washington High School on Monday evening in hopes that their voices would be heard and a change would be made to the proposed route for a high-voltage power line slated for construction in the area.
Nearly 150 people turned out for a public hearing about P.A.T.H., which stands for Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline, and is a joint venture of Allegheny Energy and American Electric Power that was announced last year.
Another victory in the courts for Entegrity Wind System has given the Charlottetown wind turbine-maker another 45 days to get its fiscal house in order.
Entegrity went before Supreme Court Justice Wayne Cheverie asking that he allow the company a 45-day extension so it can work with its trustee, Pricewaterhousecoopers, to develop a plan to get the financially troubled company back on its feet.
CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island is moving full steam ahead toward its goal of having 100 per cent of its electrical energy from renewable sources by 2015.
Within the past two weeks, construction has begun on a 30-megawatt wind farm in the eastern part of the province. In addition, Summerside has announced the purchase of nine megawatts of wind energy and tenders have been called for the first phase of a wind-hydrogen village to be built in North Cape.
Provincial government delays are threatening to scuttle a wind project on P.E.I.'s North Shore, says the company hoping to develop it.
Wayne Cousins, a dairy farmer, is one of the people behind the project. He got involved because he sees no future in food production.
A group of Prince Edward Island landowners near a proposed wind farm say the province is pushing the plan through despite opposition from people in the area.
People in western P.E.I. say the government did not give them a voice before it allowed a German company, NewEn, to lease land for a proposed wind farm in the Anglo Tignish area.
"First of all, I don't want to see 30 to 50 windmills around my house," Gina MacLeod told Debbie Horne of the West Prince Graphic in Alberton. "The transmission lines are right there, less than 100 feet from our house. The biggest thing for me is if there is any risk at all, then I don't want to have it near my family." ..."We as citizens should not have to worry about these issues. We elect our government officials who are there to serve us before they give permission for foreign companies to come into our area and make drastic changes. We as residents should have been notified and informed."
A bankrupt wind energy company's latest attempt to get funding from P.E.I. taxpayers has been turned down. ...The Department of Innovation told CBC news Monday the company made several requests for loans, but none of the terms would give the province the kind of economic return it is looking for.
The P.E.I. government signed a five-year warranty and maintenance package costing $1 million a year for 10 Vestas turbines purchased by the province for $48 million for its East Point wind farm in 2007. ...Without the warranty and maintenance package, the province would have been looking at forking out more than $5 million in repair costs, added Brown.
Prince Edward Island has set an ambitious new target for renewable energy use, saying it is committed to producing 30 per cent of its total energy needs from renewable sources by 2016.
Premier Pat Binns said Thursday that renewable energy is a key to strengthening the Island economy.
The Supreme Court of P.E.I. has denied a request by Entegrity Wind Systems for an extension to devise a plan to avoid bankruptcy.
The wind turbine manufacturer owes $11 million to creditors and has been trying to put together a business plan to prove it can turn the company around. It has been under court protection from creditors since August.
With the first phase of a 99-megawatt wind farm in West Cape now underway, the president of Ventus Energy Inc. says company staff are already thinking about other potential projects.
Ventus, created three years ago, already has 25 projects under development in six provinces, totalling more than 5,000 megawatts.
The Department of Environmental Protection today issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to Krayn Wind LLC, to address the discharge of stormwater from construction activities for its proposed Highland Wind Farm Project to be located in Adams Township, Cambria County, said DEP Southwest Regional Director Kenneth Bowman.
"The proposed site meets the department's environmental regulatory requirements," Bowman said. "This permit underwent intensive review by DEP water quality experts to ensure that no adverse environmental impacts would result from the construction of the wind farm." Krayn Wind LLC submitted an NPDES permit application on Feb. 16 for the construction of 20 wind turbines on 43 acres of a 4,371-acre property. Approximately 8 miles of 15-foot wide gravel access roads - including existing dirt roads, which will be upgraded and maintained - are also planned for the site.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe will sign cooperative, voluntary agreements with seven companies to avoid, minimize and potentially mitigate any adverse impacts the development of wind energy may have on the state's wildlife resources at a public signing ceremony at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in the auditorium of the Game Commission's headquarters.
FALLS TOWNSHIP, Pa., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced the Spanish wind-energy company Gamesa Corp. is expanding operations in Pennsylvania by investing another $34 million to open three new modern manufacturing centers on 20-plus acres of U.S. Steel's former Fairless Hills industrial site. The company previously had invested $40 million in Pennsylvania, including funding for another manufacturing facility, its first in North America.
Gamesa SA, the Spanish wind-electric equipment maker that's gotten $15 million in state funds from Gov. Rendell, is laying off 184 of around 700 workers at its Fairless Hills, Bucks County plant as it shifts production to larger turbines.
Community Energy says it is evaluating several Virginia sites
Gov. Rendell announced yesterday that the state government would double, to 20 percent, the amount of electricity it consumed from renewable energy sources, moving Pennsylvania up among the nation's largest annual purchasers of green power.
RALEIGH - A nonprofit environmental advocacy group, which staunchly believes global warming must be reduced through reductions in human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, controls another nonprofit organization that advises a climate action panel started by the N.C. Division of Air Quality. The DAQ-created group, in turn, makes recommendations on carbon-dioxide reductions to the Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change.
The advisory organization, the Center for Climate Strategies, is Pennsylvania-based and helped establish the study commission through a proposal to DAQ. But there is question whether the study panel, called the Climate Action Plan Advisory Group (CAPAG), is authorized under N.C. law.
Some 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.
The 420 wind turbines now in use across Pennsylvania killed more than 10,000 bats last year -- mostly in the late summer months, according to the state Game Commission. That's an average of 25 bats per turbine per year, and the Nature Conservancy predicts as many as 2,900 turbines will be set up across the state by 2030.
This is a bad time to be a bat.