Articles from Pennsylvania
Windmills are coming to Summerhill Township, with as many as 27 energy-producing turbines planned for outside Beaverdale. EverPower, formerly EverPower Renewables, is wheeling out Highland North Wind Farm. The company plans to have the turbines cranking out 62 megawatts of electricity - or enough power for 30,000 homes - by summer 2011.
The Brady Township Supervisors moved one step closer to adopting an ordinance that will regulate the construction of commercial wind turbines in the township. According to supervisors Chairman Darryl Beatty, the purpose of the special meeting was to discuss and amend the ordinance that was presented at an earlier special meeting.
There’s been plenty of bluster among the Northumberland County commissioners regarding a proposed wind farm, but residents had little to say about the project during a special public meeting Wednesday night. ...About 15 people attended Wednesday night’s meeting, but only Penn Wind CEO Justin Dunkelberger spoke up.
Wind-turbine manufacturer Gamesa Inc. is looking for a way to haul its huge blades out by rail, minimizing truck transport. Company spokesman Michael Peck said Friday no decisions have been made as to where a rail link could be made, but said the closer to the Ebensburg plant the better.
Two separate Northumberland County boards of commissioners were cautioned since 2006 by three legal advisers about "shortcomings" in a Sunbury firm's wind farm proposal. At issue is the land-lease agreement between the county and Penn Wind, a 29-year deal that is in the midst of being renewed and has been in jeopardy for months.
The battle over wind turbines continues in Butler Township as opposing sides fight over bats, birds and what constitutes valid testimony. The Butler Township Zoning Hearing Board heard testimony from both sides again Wednesday as residents fought to stop a plan by Broad Mountain Development Co. LLC.
The co-owner and chief executive officer for Penn Wind LLC said he didn't attend Tuesday's commissioners' meeting because Commissioner Chairman Frank Sawicki informed one of his associates just prior to the session that the wind farm issue wasn't on the meeting agenda and probably wouldn't be discussed.
More than 50 people packed the meeting room at the county Administration Building to hear details of a land-lease agreement between the county and Penn Wind, of Sunbury. Instead, they saw the two majority Democrats, Chairman Frank Sawicki and Vinny Clausi, snipe at each other and got a glimpse into why the deal is on shaky ground.
Controversy, confusion and conflict came into play Tuesday afternoon as Northumberland County commissioners and residents expressed dissatisfaction with a lease agreement for a proposed wind farm in East Cameron and Coal townships. At the center of the debate are several issues, including the validity of the lease, how much acreage is involved with the agreement, and most importantly, whether the county is receiving its fair share.
If wind turbines are ever proposed for Hanover Township, the board of commissioners wants to be ready. The board is holding a hearing on Feb. 17 to seek public comment on adding to its zoning ordinance of a provision to allow turbines in certain areas as a conditional use. After the public comments at the special meeting, the board could vote on the issue.
Renegotiation of a lease that could lead to construction of a wind farm south of Shamokin has caused a rift between Northumberland County and Penn Wind LLC. The Sunbury firm three years ago negotiated a lease for 200 acres of county land in Coal and East Cameron townships. But the current board of commissioners has not approved the annual renewal of the contract, which expired in early December.
A lease deal between Northumberland County and Penn Wind LLC, of Sunbury, is up in the air today. Three years ago, county Commissioners Samuel Deitrick, Kurt Masser and Frank Sawicki approved an agreement with Penn Wind to lease 200 acres in Coal and East Cameron townships.
The Federal Aviation Administration says that half of the 30 windmills proposed by Gamesa Energy USA for a controversial wind power project on an ecologically sensitive ridge area in Somerset County are a hazard to aviation. Opponents of the wind turbine project hope the FAA's preliminary finding will shut it down, but FAA officials say even a final determination would not stop the development.
State Rep. Dan Scripps presented his views on the Race to the Top effort to qualify Michigan and local districts for federal education funds, but another topic was on the mind of the handful of constituents who attended his monthly coffee hour at House of Flavors Restaurant in downtown Ludington Monday: the offshore wind farm idea a Norwegian company is floating.
Wind energy developer Gamesa Energy USA is continuing with the state and federal permitting process of a 30-turbine project, according to company officials. Developers for the Shaffer Mountain Wind Farm are now seeking a second approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for the project after a previous permit expired. ...Opponents of the project are already posting the FAA's first response to the renewal online as further evidence the plan would negatively impact the area.
Technology exists to generate electricity through wind turbines and solar panels. But Erie's zoning code hasn't caught up -- yet. Erie City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the code that would allow for the construction and installation of "urban solar farms," or large-scale, commercial energy-generation facilities, within the city limits.
Delmarva will buy half the output at any given time from the 67-turbine wind farm. The utility's contract is with AES Wind Generation, the wind farm's developer. Under the contract, Delmarva also buys half the renewable-energy credits from the project.
Rising electric rates and a push toward green energy could quickly bring wind energy turbines to Nockamixon. That's why township officials hurried to lay down guidelines ...First and foremost, Nockamixon's new restrictions guard against residents and businesses primarily looking to make a profit off wind energy systems. "It isn't opening it up for commercial entities. We don't want commercial wind farms," said Supervisor Al Santopietro
Wind farms have been proposed throughout Northeast Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Energy aims to have wind turbines produce 5 percent of electricity in 2010. Yet they continue to fuel controversy. While advocates tout wind turbines as a clean source of electricity, critics denounce them as unsightly monstrosities that dominate landscapes and endanger birds and bats.
Being a lifelong resident of Reinerton for 77 years, Joseph A. Denkowicz came out to see what he called some "homegrown" opportunities. Denkowicz was among the 50 people who attended Tuesday's informational open house for BP Wind Energy's proposed Rausch Creek Wind Farm held at Williams Valley High School. A similar meeting will be held this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Tri-Valley High School in Hegins. ...The project development area for the wind farm is within Schuylkill County on land leased from Rausch Creek Land LP.