There are many places where it [wind energy] can work and not be intrusive. But it's not for everywhere. It doesn't belong on ridgetops where it will destroy the "viewshed" and foul the wilderness quality of the last large undeveloped tract in the region.
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The Rush Twp. property is mostly remote mountain land, but is close to Fort Indiantown Gap and the Appalachian Trail.
When we first heard of the windmills they seemed like a reasonable, environmentally friendly way to create energy. Now, we’re not so sure.
The state Department of Environment Protection Energy Harvesting grant will be combined with others to build an electricity-generating wind turbine to power the Hazleton City Authority’s water filtration plant, said Thomas Tuffey, director of PennFuture’s Center for Energy, Enterprise and the Environment.
Some call them majestic, others an eyesore. While opinions about them vary, wind farms are becoming increasingly common. Wind farms can be identified by their windmill-like turbines that use wind power to create electricity.
"Pennsylvania is developing and supporting homegrown solutions through the Energy Harvest program to lessen our dependence on foreign oil," Governor Rendell said. "We can't wait for the federal government to establish a policy that gives us back our energy independence. Instead, we are acting."
The story reveals that Radnor officials were misled and don’t understand that commercial wind energy is not an environmentally benign source of electricity. The officials are probably not aware of certain facts such as the following:
Dan Boone takes a close look at the landscape impact of the Mountaineer Wind Energy (WV) and Meyersdale (PA) industrial wind plants.