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A farm of 20 to 30 commercial wind turbines set upon three ridges has been proposed for Bethlehem Water Authority watershed lands in Penn Forest Township. ...Although the project specifications have not been developed, Renz said the company is looking at two wind turbine models. ...These turbines are approximately 260 feet in diameter and 400 feet at the upper reach of the blade.
For about two hours, the supervisors heard arguments from a standing-room-only group of residents who made it clear that the windmills are not wanted, mainly citing health concerns as their reasons. ...[Supervisors Chairman Kevin] Kowalick said if the supervisors need a good foundation to stand on if the project is rejected. "We need a legal reason to reject the plans and we have a good start here tonight," Kowalick said.
Freeland area residents and local and state officials recently heard an overview of Freeland Municipal Authority's proposed wind farm in Foster Township. St. Francis University's Renewable Energy Center will conduct the wind test at a 500-acre undeveloped site in Foster Township. The land is owned by the Freeland Municipal Authority.
The Lookout wind project in Somerset County is five turbines smaller than the US WindForce project proposed at Pinnacle in Mineral County, but members of the Community Advisory Panel got the opportunity to get a feel for wind farms and meet the company likely to operate the Pinnacle project. "Edison is our joint venture partner," Jim Cookman, vice president of project development for US WindForce, said during Monday's tour. "We have a joint development agreement.
More windmills are appearing at the tops of mountains and highlands signaling that Pennsylvania is becoming a leader in clean, renewable wind energy. But some people aren't so happy about the towering figures and down in Fayette County, they are the subject of an ongoing battle.
A proposal to build the area's tallest wind turbines, visible from downtown Altoona to the Buckhorn, has been forwarded to the Logan Township Planning Commission for comment. Supervisors, who asked Thursday night if the taller-than-typical height would affect noise and visibility from the Horseshoe Curve, agreed that they want the planning commission to look at the latest proposal.
A storm is swirling around an 18-turbine wind farm outside Berlin, which is at the center of a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit. Project developers Lookout Windpower Holding Co. of Missouri and Freestream Capital LLC are suing farm owner Edison Mission Group of Irvine, Calif., and four other companies. The plaintiffs say they still are owed $10.5 million on the $11.5 million deal.
About 40 residents of Brady Township and the surrounding area met at the Brady Township Community Building Monday to hear about some of the possible effects of a wind turbine project that is being developed in the area. Luthersburg residents Sharon and Gary Gilmore hosted the event and invited a speaker from Save Our Allegheny Ridges to speak.
Plans for development of a major industrial wind energy generating facility were revealed during a recent meeting of the Allegany Township Board of Supervisors in Potter County.
In the ruling handed down Thursday, Judge Ralph Warman reversed the hearing board's denial of a special exception for Iberdrola Renewables, formerly known as PPM Atlantic Renewable. Warman found that the zoning board "abused its discretion and committed errors of law" when it issued the denial. Warman ordered the zoning board to reconsider Iberdrola's request.
Wind turbines could be part of the landscape in Bedford County soon. A proposed wind energy project, in development since 2005, could place two dozen 405-foot-tall turbines on top of Dunning Mountain in the next couple of years - if approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection and supervisors in the four municipalities.
Blair County Judge Daniel Milliron in a 20-page ruling dismissed claims of negligence and conspiracy made by Jill and Todd Stull against Gamesa, producers of the windmills and developers of phase one of the windmill farm at the Cambria-Blair County line. Six other objections filed by Gamesa or Allegheny Ridge in response to the Stull's lawsuit were overruled by Milliron.
PPL says the project would improve reliability of the power grid, but residents along the line are fighting the proposal. Especially in Saw Creek, where PPL runs a smaller line already. More than 300 people packed the 1 p.m. PUC hearing. Many, including a newborn baby, wore "Stop the Power Lines" buttons. State Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, was the first to testify. She said the health effects of high electromagnetic fields are still debated, and property values would suffer from the lines.
This morning the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority board approved an application for a $175,000 state grant to help pay for continued study of the wind-to-energy project it intends to build with PPL and Turkey Hill Dairy. The application marks the beginning of a phase that will study the economics of situating two, 1.5-megawatt wind turbines.
Windmills are one step closer to a reality for Ice Mountain as Gamesa USA ponies up an extra quarter of a million dollars for Tyrone Borough. Borough Council voted 5 to 2 to sign on with wind developer Gamesa USA for what will be a 30-year lease of parts of its 3,800-acre watershed in Snyder Township.
A new voice has entered Tyrone Borough's long debate over a proposed wind farm. Gov. Ed Rendell called Mayor Jim Kilmartin in early February to urge borough officials to approve a lease agreement with Sandy Ridge Wind Farm developer Gamesa. ...Rendell made it clear that Tyrone's lack of participation would counteract the state's multimillion dollar efforts that brought the Spain-based wind developer to Pennsylvania.
Construction of a wind farm of up to 87 turbines in the southwestern part of Wyoming County this spring may be on hold. With the nation in a recession, BP Alternative Energy business developer Kevin Davis said a good chance exists construction won't begin as originally scheduled. "We're hopeful we'll do the project this year, but if that doesn't happen, the plan would be to build the park the following year," Davis said. "We're evaluating the whole economic situation."
Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa Inc. announced it is laying off nearly 200 employees at its Keystone Industrial Port Complex plant in Fairless Hills because of the worldwide economic slowdown. ...Peck said changing conditions in the market and the plant's inability to produce efficient "next-generation" blades has all but forced the company to lay off 184 employees who work at the plant's blade production bay.
Gamesa SA, the Spanish wind-electric equipment maker that's gotten $15 million in state funds from Gov. Rendell, is laying off 184 of around 700 workers at its Fairless Hills, Bucks County plant as it shifts production to larger turbines.
The Freeland Municipal Authority, which owns 515 acres of desolate land in Foster Township, would like to put that land to use - as a wind energy project. The board will be submitting an application, at no cost, for a site survey to the Renewable Energy Center of St. Francis University in Loretto, Cambria County. ...Quinn said the application is complete and ready to be forwarded to the Renewable Energy Center. But he cautioned that submitting the application does not mean a project is imminent.