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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

Gamesa furloughs dozens of workers

This is the plant's second large furloughing of workers in recent years. Gamesa temporarily laid off 79 workers in late 2009 when the recession decreased demand for its products. The company was able to bring back those employees thanks to an infusion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
3 Jul 2012

Gamesa drops Shaffer Mt. wind farm plans

Years of turmoil over a proposed wind farm that would have bordered the county has come to an end. Spanish wind developer Gamesa announced in a two-paragraph statement from David Rosenberg, vice president of marketing communications, that the company will not be moving forward with development plans for the Shaffer Mountain Wind Farm.
13 Jun 2012

Gamesa scraps wind farm project

Developers have pulled the plug on the 60-megawatt Shaffer Mountain Wind Farm project. "Because of a combination of factors, including uncertainty surrounding federal policies, Gamesa has decided to halt development plans for its proposed Shaffer Mountain Wind Farm in Somerset County."
12 Jun 2012

Two big Pennsylvania wind farm projects canceled

"Ridges in this state are not suitable ecologically for wind or any other types of industrial development," Ms. Jackson said. "The ridges are important flyways for raptors and birds, they're steep and therefore ecologically sensitive, they're a forested resource and they provide habitat for endangered species."
16 May 2012

Two Pennsylvania industrial wind projects are cancelled

Save Our Allegheny Ridges (SOAR) has learned that two industrial wind energy projects proposed for central Pennsylvania have been shelved. Officials from Iberdrola Renewables Inc., of Portland, Ore., confirmed that the company has terminated the Dunning Mountain Wind project in Bedford County and the Clover Run Wind project in Clearfield County.
14 May 2012

Windmill Company Pulls the Plug

An Oregon company says it's no longer planning to build wind turbines in parts of Bedford and Clearfield counties. A spokesperson with Iberdrola Renewables, Incorporated of Portland said the company pulled the plug on the energy projects for a number of reasons.
14 May 2012

Wind farm project in limbo

Even though Penn Wind CEO Justin Dunkelberger informed the Northumberland County commissioners weeks ago that his company wouldn't be pursuing a $30 million wind turbine project, the county is giving him another 60 days to pay a $50,000 land lease payment.
24 Apr 2012

Wind farms might not fly due to golden eagles in the Northeast, Connecticut

Golden Eagles are more apt to be killed by wind turbines than other raptors because of their hunting methods, experts say. In California, wind farms in the Altamont Pass area east of Oakland kill an estimated 70 Goldens each year, said Katzner, citing a recent bird mortality study. Nationwide, it's estimated that thousands of birds, including eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, gulls, waterfowl and songbirds are killed by wind turbines.
7 Apr 2012

Wind project offer rejected

Commissioners Vinny Clausi, Rick Shoch and Stephen Bridy turned down a new year-to-year lease agreement with Everpower that calls for the county to receive $2,000 per year for 400 acres of property, 75 of which would be utilized for wind turbines. Everpower, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Terra Firma, which is a private equity group based in the United Kingdom, purchased the wind turbine project March 30 from Justin Dunkelberger, chief executive officer for Penn Wind LLC.
5 Apr 2012

Wind turbines at Presque Isle await decisions on future

The two wind turbines located at Presque Isle State Park haven't been generating electricity since fall. But that's not because the breeze died down or park officials are opposed to the alternative power source. ...But maintenance and use concerns led to removal of the blades from one turbine on the peninsula at around the time the blades fell off the other.
31 Mar 2012

Dead bat impacts turbine proposal

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in a letter to a law firm representing a number of the region's conservation groups, says it will take a second look at the proposed Shaffer Mountain project in light of the bat found at the North Allegheny Windpower Project.
2 Feb 2012

Green dreams dashed

As the federal Energy Department blew billions of dollars on green-energy pipe dreams, the Labor Department shoveled away its share, too, dumping $162 million into so-called "green" jobs. That is, for 1,336 people as of October.
19 Dec 2011

Wind plans move ahead

A western Pennsylvania wind farm developer will start construction before the end of the year on what will be the single largest wind farm in Cambria and Somerset counties and possibly the state.
29 Nov 2011
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