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Wind-energy producers eye Bethlehem watershed for turbine farm

While the deal would allow Iberdrola up to 10 years to study the area and obtain licenses and permits for the turbines, Repasch said he would likely know which direction the city was heading within five years. The agreement calls for Iberdrola to pay $10,000 a year during the permitting and studying phases and $100,000 a year by the fifth year.
22 Feb 2013

Lull in orders for Bucks wind-turbine plant

But after Gamesa completes the order for 25 windmills, around the end of February, there are no other jobs in the pipeline for the company's seven-year-old factory in Fairless Hills. The domestic market for new wind turbines has stalled. "We probably won't see any orders for several months," said David J. Rosenberg, the vice president of marketing for Gamesa.
3 Feb 2013

Hegins Township zoning board denies BP variance application

Zoning board Chairman Larry Umholtz and members Jim Artz and John Johns voted Dec. 12 for the denial, following a hearing that lasted a little more than an hour and included testimony from citizens and BP representatives. About 40 people, including Hegins Township Zoning Officer Allan Swab, attended the hearing held in the Hegins Area Ambulance Association building on Gap Street.
23 Dec 2012

Green-energy mandates will hit PA's poorest hardest

It requires that 8 percent come from renewable energy resources - like solar and wind - and another 10 percent come from alternative energy sources, including waste coal and large-scale hydroelectric power. The problem for consumers is that those types of energy are more expensive to produce than such traditional types as natural gas or coal.
21 Dec 2012

BP variance application denied

Zoning board Chairman Larry Umholtz, and members Jim Artz and John Johns voted December 12 for the denial, following a hearing that lasted a little more than an hour and included testimony from citizens and BP representatives. ..."We, the board, do not feel BP has shown justification for this variance to be granted."
20 Dec 2012

Groups gather against tax credit, area wind farms

Along with tax credit fights, the wind industry often faces opposition from conservationists. Save the Mountain contested a plan by Gamesa to put windmills on Shaffer Mountain in Somerset County, a migrating path for hawks, bats and eagles. The group also did not want construction to destroy the hill's pristine wilderness or high-quality trout streams.
8 Dec 2012

E.ON Sells Half of U.S. Wind Parks to PensionDanmark

EON AG agreed to sell a 50 percent stake in three U.S. wind farms to Danish pension fund PensionDanmark as Germany's biggest utility seeks to free up capital. ..."The return is very similar to what we can get on listed equities, though with a very limited downside risk," thanks to fixed prices negotiated on the power generated by the turbines over the next 15 years."
8 Oct 2012

Bats may be given endangered status

Possible measures would include seasonable restrictions on timber cutting in areas with bat maternity sites, restrictions on human entry in areas where bats are hibernating and restrictions on wind turbine operations, also identified in a contributing factor in bat mortalities.
21 Aug 2012

Federal wind energy credit could expire

"In the past there was more of a calculation by the majority of the developers that it would get extended. There were more of them willing to make that bet and move forward with their projects. The shift in political tone, the increasing gridlock, the harsher rhetoric against incentive for renewable energy, has really had an impact."
31 Jul 2012

Gamesa to lay off 92 at Bucks plant

The news follows a May announcement that Gamesa would halt the installation of a test wind turbine that it had been planning off the coast of Virginia. The company said it was "extremely difficult" to justify the cost of the project due to the lack of a mature offshore wind-energy market in the U.S.
6 Jul 2012

Gamesa lays off 73 Cambria workers

A total of 165 employees at Gamesa's production facilities in Bucks and Cambria counties are expected to be laid off starting in late August or early September, Gamesa spokesman David Rosenberg said. "Basically, we're adjusting our production capacity at the two facilities to reflect the current U.S. market conditions," Rosenberg said.
4 Jul 2012

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