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N.E. Pa. Alliance to give presentation on wind energy

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance will host an invitation-only wind energy conference March 19 at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, Wilkes-Barre. The event will feature up to 12 speakers, including lawmakers, private business owners and local government officials - including Mahanoy Township supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Chiao - focusing about wind turbine projects across the state.

PITTSTON - The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance will host an invitation-only wind energy conference March 19 at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, Wilkes-Barre.

The event will feature up to 12 speakers, including lawmakers, private business owners and local government officials - including Mahanoy Township supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Chiao - focusing about wind turbine projects across the state.

A tour of Bear Creek Wind Farm, Bear Creek Township, is also planned.

"We are targeting local government officials and are hoping that by providing them with information about wind farm projects, it will help them make sound decisions about entities wanting to build wind turbines in their area," Kurt Bauman, the alliance's government services manager, said last week.

Bauman said Chiao will speak and noted that the Locust Ridge Wind Farm is partially located in Mahanoy Township.

A June 2008 story in the Standard-Speaker stated the township received a stipend of $18,000 a year for the first 12 windmills. When approving plans for Phase II of the project, the township sought a $23,000 per year stipend.

"This was a very important project for us," Chiao said. "We are... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

PITTSTON - The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance will host an invitation-only wind energy conference March 19 at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, Wilkes-Barre.

The event will feature up to 12 speakers, including lawmakers, private business owners and local government officials - including Mahanoy Township supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Chiao - focusing about wind turbine projects across the state.

A tour of Bear Creek Wind Farm, Bear Creek Township, is also planned.

"We are targeting local government officials and are hoping that by providing them with information about wind farm projects, it will help them make sound decisions about entities wanting to build wind turbines in their area," Kurt Bauman, the alliance's government services manager, said last week.

Bauman said Chiao will speak and noted that the Locust Ridge Wind Farm is partially located in Mahanoy Township.

A June 2008 story in the Standard-Speaker stated the township received a stipend of $18,000 a year for the first 12 windmills. When approving plans for Phase II of the project, the township sought a $23,000 per year stipend.

"This was a very important project for us," Chiao said. "We are trying to attract business and do what is right for our community and good for the environment."

Locust Ridge is owned by Iberdola Renewable Energies USA, the world's largest owner and operator of renewable energy facilities.'

Other wind farms have been the topic of municipal meetings throughout Schuylkill County. Questions regarding environmental issues like the harm to birds and bats as well as noise have come before local government officials.

In Tremont and Hegins townships, there's been an on-going discussion among citizens about BP Wind Energy's plans to construct windmills and develop the Rausch Creek Wind Farm by 2012. The proposal would include erecting 50 to 60 wind turbines on approximately 2,000 acres in Hegins, Porter, Tremont, and Frailey townships.

The Hegins Township supervisors addressed several issues concerning windmills during a March meeting.

According to township solicitor David Rattigan, under the township's current zoning, the windmills would not be permitted on top of the mountain. He said the only permitted place in the township would be the land in the industrial zone and on Dell Road near the former Penn Reel.

The township would receive about $6,900 per year, Rattigan said. "The school district would be receiving more because their millage is much higher than ours. According to the figures, the school would be receiving approximately $58,200 per year."

Broad Mountain Development Co. LLC, Gilberton, a Rich family company wanting to build 27 wind turbines in the Fountain Springs area on Rich and Girard Estate land in Butler Township, filed an appeal in Schuylkill County Court March 2 alleging that Butler's zoning ordinance improperly does not allow wind turbines, that amendments supposedly enacted on Feb. 1 by the supervisors do not cure the problem to its satisfaction and that state law thereby entitles it to build the turbines on its property.

In February, Broad Mountain Wind Energy Center was notified they will receive $5 million in federal stimulus money to help construct 35 wind turbines, which will add 70 megawatts to the electrical grid generating system, as well as 100 local jobs. Once built, the project could have the potential to produce clean renewable electricity to about 21,000 homes, provide jobs and support local businesses.


Source: http://standardspeaker.com/...

MAR 15 2010
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