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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.
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.
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.
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."
Bat and Wind Energy Cooperative commissioned a two-year study [of] randomly selected 10 turbines in the areas and fitted them with bat deterrent devices-"an acoustic device," Hein says, "that would generate a noise that would disrupt a bat's ability to locate the turban plate"-to see if it made a difference.
Entrepreneur Jeffrey DiLaura wants to develop a 2.52GW wind farm in the shallow US waters of Lake Erie, looking to straddle three states to leverage the best resources and achieve economies of scale.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Penn Wind CEO Justin Dunkelberger informed the Northumberland County commissioners Tuesday that he doesn't have the financing or the $50,000 land lease payment due April 20 to move a proposed $30 million wind turbine project forward.
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.
Units arrived on the scene to find a 300ft wind mill well involved. A perimeter was set and crews stage while the fire was left to burn itself out. Special Unit 86-42 was later deployed to recon the area for burning debris.
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.
The federally endangered Indiana bat won a significant reprieve recently when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it would reinitiate consultation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on Gamesa's proposed Shaffer Mountain Wind Project in Bedford and Somerset Counties in Pennsylvania.
Firefighters said a wind turbine caught fire in Altona, N.Y. saturday night. Clinton County fire officials said people driving by the windfarm called in to report the fire. Altona firefighters responded to the scene.
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.
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.