Articles from Pennsylvania
“I could not support this wind subsidy tax package and the billions of taxpayer dollars it would continue to waste in an effort to prop up the failing wind industry."
A community in Luzerne County is celebrating a victory after a company wanting to build wind turbines there was denied its application. Wednesday night Foster Township officials voted against the company's request to install three wind farms in the area near Hazleton.
The changes follow outcry amongst some members of the local community against the project proposals. SOAR and FJM coordinated in opposition to the project holding a series of meetings intended to inform Mifflin and Huntingdon county residents about possible negative repercussions from the project.
Low-frequency sounds can be detected in houses as far as a mile from wind turbines, an expert said. Rick James, an acoustic engineer, said infrasounds are in homes located near the Twin Ridges Wind Farm.
Tammy McKenzie said since the blades on the turbines begun turning on Christmas Eve 2012, they knew there was a problem. ...For two years they have been looking for a solution to the problem. Tammy McKenzie said they don’t want to try to sell their home because of the fear of having another family affected by the sound. “We have lost the value of our home,” she said. “We are on our own because there is no help for us.”
Although turbine maker GE confirmed the event, it would not provide many specifics. However, the company maintains that the incident has nothing to do with a series of previous failures with its 48.7-meter blades. ...As GE and BP investigate the failed blade at Mehoopany, the wind farm remains the subject of competing lawsuits stemming from construction of the $250 million project.
A blade of a wind turbine separated and crashed to the ground on the South Mountain in western Wyoming County on Sunday. ...The 88-turbine park opened in January 2013.
The FAA has determined that the giant wind turbines needed to harness wind power would interfere with radar used by air traffic controllers at Erie International Airport. The FAA therefore denied the developer's request to extend an earlier FAA determination that the turbines would not interfere with aviation.
Since no turbines have been built and no construction has started, Pioneer applied for an extension of the project. Just last week, October 9th, 2014, the FAA denied the extension requests due to objections from air traffic control at Erie.
Foster Township Zoning Hearing Board last week continued a hearing on a proposal to build up to 25, 500-foot-tall wind turbines in three areas of the township. ...Township zoning officer Damien Quick said the township has been fielding questions from residents, who have a lot of opinions on the project, along with questions and concerns.
The opening clauses of the resolution, which establish why a comprehensive wind study is necessary, declare that wind facilities are being constructed without adequately considering their effects on wildlife. “Research and guidance are required before potentially negative impacts on wildlife become severe and irreversible.”
State representatives are on a fact-finding mission to determine the impacts of a federal push toward alternative energy, and namely the projected growth of Pennsylvania’s wind turbine industry, as the technology’s long-held reputation as a clean energy source gets a little dirtier.
Pennsylvania State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) sponsored a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the use and overall impact of wind turbines. The resolution was overwhelmingly adopted by the Pennsylvania House by a margin of 181-11.
Tammy and Joe McKenzie believe they live in the “dark, deep depths of hell” beneath the shadow flicker, high- and low-frequency sounds emitting from wind turbines that are part of the EverPower Twin Ridges Wind Farm. The wind farm is located on the Big Savage Ridge area near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.
PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, recently announced a proposal to run high voltage power lines from Western PA into New York, New Jersey and Maryland. The company said they don't know yet whether the Maryland-bound line would run through York County, but preliminary plans show the line heading through South Central PA.
Supervisors approved an amendment to the township zoning ordinance on Monday night which regulates wind energy facilities and small scale windmills. The amendment addresses maximum height of the turbines, minimum height of the turbine hub from the ground, setbacks, lighting, and security issues.
Under certain conditions the blades would throw chunks of ice as far as 100 feet. At least a couple of chunks punctured the Ridge Center roof. Officials were concerned that the ice could hit people or cars in the center's parking lot. Leslie said officials also were never able to determine exactly why part of the unit and the blades fell and couldn't get an assurance that it wouldn't happen again.
The last Gamesa wind farm was completed about six years ago and on Monday the Spain-based company will usher out the last of the employees of the fiber blade plant, closing the doors for a final time. ...The employment numbers had dropped from about 250 workers six years ago to less than a quarter of that.
The plan to construct nearly 70 wind turbines in Ulysses and Hector Townships has been scrapped. According to Jim Hoopes, a leaseholder in the project, letters were sent out recently by AES Corporation, the company planning to build the facilities, terminating the rental agreements. Hoopes said about 25 landowners had rental agreements.
Officials with EverPower, who own the turbines near Dunlo in Adams Township, said the fiberglass blades on one turbine broke Monday afternoon, snapping in half and were left hanging in the air.