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The Lehighton Water Authority has rejected an offer from a renewable energy company to develop on their land. Three of those 40 turbines are gone with the wind.
TV attack ads are flying in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty. The race could help determine control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 8 election. Here is a look at two of the attack ads currently on the air in Pennsylvania.
Some residents are worried about the environment, noise, property values, and what would happen to their thriving tourism industry.
Nearby residents, including a few living within a half-mile of the project, have petitioned the zoners to turn down the company's request for a special exception, based on the health, welfare and safety of the community.
“We are standing together and vowing to fight this with every resource that we can muster,” Orlandini said. “The township has tried to keep this under wraps and are now seeing how strong the people of the Poconos can be when we stand up for something we believe in.
“We are organizing our community against this project,” said Hank Orlandini. “We hike and hunt this ridge. This isn’t green energy, it takes oil to run turbines. We are going to fight this, and we are asking you to stand behind your residents.” Many others spoke and each person who did was applauded by those who listened to them.
"I think they're going to destroy a beautiful place up there. It's gorgeous up there. There's birds that are going to be affected. There's animals' habitats that are going to be affected, and it's going to ruin a beautiful place,” said Andrea Miller, a Beltzville Lakes Estates resident. Penn Forest Township supervisors heard an earful at their meeting Monday night.
“Some individuals have expressed concern to the county about the potential impact of this project on the Cherry Springs State Park international sky preserve, as well as the potential impact of forest fragmentation created by the clearing of roughly 200 acres for construction,” Heimel said. “These concerns should be voiced to Hector Township, which may be in a position to affect the development.”
Should Towamencin establish rules regulating wind energy systems, and the types that can be installed on homes within the township? That topic has been discussed by the township’s planning commission in recent months, and was the subject of lengthy talks by the township supervisors Wednesday.
In his ruling, issued Nov. 18, Judge William H. Amesbury wrote that the court “finds neither an abuse of discretion nor error of law” by the zoning hearing board in its denial of the special exception permit. EDF applied for the special exception in January 2014 to allow a wind farm with turbines, associated roads, cables and a substation.
“What is it going to take to get wind back in Pennsylvania? It is really a restoration of some long-term contracting market that goes beyond just the few corporate buyers that exist out there,” said Eric Thumma, director of institutional relations at Iberdrola Renewables, a Portland, Ore.-based subsidiary of Spanish energy giant Iberdrola S.A.
Uncertainties over tax incentives for wind, rules regarding energy credit trading and questions over how to count turbines in the EPA plan cloud its chances for inclusion in the state's proposal.
Any doubt about the numbers of birds can be documented by radar studies of the USFWS under the direction of Jeff Grosse. Hundreds of millions of birds fly over this area and the location of wind turbines in Lake Erie would kill massive numbers of birds.
Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, 220 E. Bayfront Parkway, is providing its 200-foot-long, 1,300-ton crane barge as part of the project, officials announced Wednesday.
"So our vision is over the next 10, 15, 20 years, you see more and more and more wind turbines built in Lake Erie, providing all the electricity up and down the coast and providing a lot of jobs for people to live here," Karpinski added.
In a letter delivered late Monday to the county's Office of Planning, Zoning and Community Development, Gary Altman asked the county to order Iberdrola Renewables of Portland to stop operating approximately 22 wind turbines in its South Chestnut Wind Project near Farmington. Altman contends the turbines don't comply with a number of conditions set by the county's zoning hearing board in 2009, including setbacks, decommissioning bonds, noise levels and measures to protect bats.
This important ruling by a panel of three Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court judges reverses a county judge's order that allowed PPM Atlantic Renewable (now Iberdrola Renewables) to construct the South Chestnut Windpower Project in southern Fayette County, PA. The project consists of 24 turbines, each standing 425 feet tall. Ths week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the reversal. The decision, issued on May 20, 2014, upheld minimum setbacks from all property lines, not just participating landowners involved in the project (eliminating participating vs non-participating property owners), due to safety issues. It also upheld that sound studies and bat studies must be completed to allow the project to be built. Despite the appeal process continuing, Iberdrola went ahead and erected the turbines but the project was built without the proper permits and approximately 14-15 of the turbines are out of compliance with the setback restrictions. The facts in this case as affirmed by the Supreme Court are provided below. The three court decisions issued by the lower courts and the Supreme Court can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
Two studies spotlight how the Obama administration's political drive to make economic winners of “green” ventures with public subsidies is creating bubbles, obscuring true costs and threatening taxpayers. ...wind and solar, unlike natural gas, can't compete successfully on their own merits. When Washington engages in picking winners, taxpayers and the economy become losers.
Workers building 30 wind turbines, access roads and transmission lines on Buck Mountain should protect timber rattlesnakes by doing earthwork between November and the end of March when the snakes hibernate, a state biologist wrote to a developer.
Developers with plans for a large-scale power plant in Jessup have gone to great lengths to show they can be good neighbors in Lackawanna County. Whether Invenergy LLC can keep its word depends on whom you ask in other municipalities where it has facilities.