Articles from Pennsylvania
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.
A coalition of conservation groups is threatening to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for issuing an opinion allowing a proposed wind turbine facility on ecologically sensitive Shaffer Mountain to mitigate damage it would do to a maternity colony of endangered Indiana bats.
The bat was discovered during volunteer daily monitoring of the farm on Sept. 26, and Duke immediately brought in an Indiana bat expert for confirmation, Efthimiou said. "We have not operated at night since the confirmation of the bat," he said of the span beginning before dusk and ending after dawn.
Other environmental concerns are the effects of noise, vibration and shadow on wildlife habitats and the number of birds and bats killed when they fly into the blades. "When you put turbines up on these long, north-south mountain ridges, they're directly affecting the migration route of bald eagles and a lot of songbirds," Jackson said.
Robert Bryce notes for National Review Online that on an "unspeakably hot" Aug. 24 in Texas, 10,135 megawatts of wind-generation capacity supplied just 880 megawatts of power "when electricity was needed the most" -- in the afternoon, when wind subsides while heat and electricity demand rise.
For all the negative things that blew in with Hurricane Irene last weekend, you probably thought the new wind turbines on Turkey Hill, at least, were churning out the juice. Wrong. It turns out you can have too much of a good thing, even in the wind energy industry.
It has been my pleasure during the past few years to occasionally visit Altoona. Driving east over the Allegheny ridges on Route 22 provides some beautiful vistas, but more and more strange objects are appearing on the tops of those mountains.
Henderson said the prior administration, under former Gov. Ed Rendell, simply signed contracts with companies from Texas and Colorado to buy energy credits for the right to claim in advertising campaigns that Pennsylvania was supporting renewable energy.
Reaction is mixed in northeast Pennsylvania, which already has 12 wind turbines in Bear Creek Township and the Waymart Wind Energy Center with 43 turbines along the ridge of Moosic Mountain in Wayne County. Advocates tout wind turbines as a great way to provide clean and renewable energy. Critics say they spoil aesthetic beauty and endanger birds and bats.
Quietly but systematically, the administration has all but shut down the state Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Energy and Technology Deployment -- the state's primary energy office -- and removed directors and reassigned staff in the Office of Energy Management in the Department of General Services and the Governor's Green Government Council.
"I'm a little concerned about these companies that came in and put this test wind mill up," Glade Township Chairman Dave Sedon said during a recent Council of Governments (COG) meeting. Sedon said he came across the test tower two months ago and was unaware of any permits issued through the township.
Last year, Doug Caldwell paid $15,000 for a wind turbine to supply electrical power to his home, but today, all he has to show for it is a concrete pad and cement cylinder. The contractor, Joe Larkin - owner of Tri-State Electricity - has disappeared leaving Caldwell in the lurch.