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Construction of Wyoming County wind park may be put on hold

Construction of a wind farm of up to 87 turbines in the southwestern part of Wyoming County this spring may be on hold. With the nation in a recession, BP Alternative Energy business developer Kevin Davis said a good chance exists construction won't begin as originally scheduled. "We're hopeful we'll do the project this year, but if that doesn't happen, the plan would be to build the park the following year," Davis said. "We're evaluating the whole economic situation."

Construction of a wind farm of up to 87 turbines in the southwestern part of Wyoming County this spring may be on hold.

With the nation in a recession, BP Alternative Energy business developer Kevin Davis said a good chance exists construction won't begin as originally scheduled.

"We're hopeful we'll do the project this year, but if that doesn't happen, the plan would be to build the park the following year," Davis said. "We're evaluating the whole economic situation."

Davis would not specify why construction of the wind farm this year maybe unlikely. All BP wind farm projects are being evaluated, he said.

BP's plans to build a wind farm, which encompasses 14,861 acres in Eaton, Noxen, Forkston and Mehoopany townships, received preliminary approval in November from the Wyoming County Planning Commission. Construction of the wind farm is expected to generate about 200 jobs.

"Our intent is to hire local as much as possible," Davis said.

BP has not determined whether a unionized work force will be used, he said.

BP plans to connect with a substation at Procter & Gamble off Route 87 in Washington Township.

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Construction of a wind farm of up to 87 turbines in the southwestern part of Wyoming County this spring may be on hold.

With the nation in a recession, BP Alternative Energy business developer Kevin Davis said a good chance exists construction won't begin as originally scheduled.

"We're hopeful we'll do the project this year, but if that doesn't happen, the plan would be to build the park the following year," Davis said. "We're evaluating the whole economic situation."

Davis would not specify why construction of the wind farm this year maybe unlikely. All BP wind farm projects are being evaluated, he said.

BP's plans to build a wind farm, which encompasses 14,861 acres in Eaton, Noxen, Forkston and Mehoopany townships, received preliminary approval in November from the Wyoming County Planning Commission. Construction of the wind farm is expected to generate about 200 jobs.

"Our intent is to hire local as much as possible," Davis said.

BP has not determined whether a unionized work force will be used, he said.

BP plans to connect with a substation at Procter & Gamble off Route 87 in Washington Township.

P&G spokesman Alex Fried said the wind farm would better the plant's voltage stability. P&G does not plan to buy power directly from the wind farm.

As a member of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, Fried said the sooner the wind farm is built, the better for job creation in the county.

With the construction of the wind turbines, municipalities expect to receive revenue. Eaton Township will be paid a $2,500 zoning fee permit for each turbine. Up to 17 turbines will be built in the township.

"It is unfortunate construction will be delayed, but there is not much we can do about it," township Supervisor Randy Ehrenzeller said, "I think the project will be helpful to the economy."

BP has not yet requested zoning permits for the project, Ehrenzeller said.

As part of a Voluntary Host Agreement with BP, Eaton Township will receive an annual host payment based on a formula that takes into account the difference between the wind turbine's capacity and its tax payments to the township. BP has made similar arrangements with Noxen, Forkston and Mehoopany townships.


Source: http://www.citizensvoice.co...

FEB 13 2009
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