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Contribution not a windfall

Consequently, Iberdrola's $18,000 contribution offer to Mahanoy Township for its Locust Ridge wind energy facility represents less than 12 percent of the national average payment made by windplant owners to local jurisdictions. Furthermore, Mahanoy is getting about half of the low-end range of payment for a wind energy project ($750 per MW vs. $1,400 per MW), which is roughly seven percent of the top-end payment to local communities from wind energy project owners ($750 per MW vs. $11,000 per MW).
27 May 2007

Wind farm owner wants to give township $18G

Locust Ridge Wind Farm owner Joe Green, of Shenandoah, would like the Mahanoy Township Board of Supervisors to give him a tax break on his wind energy enterprise. He would even be willing to give the township a share of his profits in exchange for a break in taxes. Tax law, however, prohibits local government from agreeing not to tax somebody. That's the legislature's job, according to township Solicitor Victoria Edwards.
18 May 2007

Wind farms cash in, but locals not getting tax lift

But so far Mahanoy Township government has realized nothing in the way of substantial tax income from its wind farm. "The government came out with a thing at the end of the year (saying) that they can't be taxed on their real estate value," Stevens told the Schuylkill County commissioners last Wednesday. "So we're looking at the energy they produce," Stevens added. "That's the only way we can go."
20 Apr 2007

PUC selects firm to monitor rules on renewable energy

The state Public Utility Commission yesterday picked a California company to monitor compliance with a 2004 state law that requires electric utilities to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy. Clean Power Markets Inc. won the contract on a 4-0 vote, but not before several commissioners expressed discomfort with potential conflicts of interest in the small, but growing renewable energy industry.
1 Dec 2006

Turbine ordinance here to stay

Commissioners said they will not change the ordinance, which they say balances the rights of property owners who are opposed to windmills with those who want to lease their land to turbine developers. Officials laid the blame on state and federal tax incentives for the wind industry. “If you want to stop them, take away the federal subsidies,” Commissioner Brad Cober said.
31 Oct 2006

Municipalities disagree on how to tax operations

When it comes to taxing wind farms in Pennsylvania, two approaches have been used. Somerset County assesses the 16 wind turbines at the Meyersdale Wind Farm for tax purposes. That method, which may or may not be what state law and court decisions require, assesses only the ground on which a wind turbine sits, not the turbine itself. A method used by Wayne County in the northeastern corner of the state is to assess the 43 turbines at the Waymart Wind Farm. It places a value on some, but not all, of the turbines. FPL Energy, a division of Florida Power & Light Co., owns both wind farms.
1 Oct 2006

Throwing Caution to the Wind: the growing threat of Industrial Wind Energy Development in Pennsylvania to Wildlife, Habitat and Public Lands

Boone2_thumb This is a comprehensive, well documented and thoughtful presentation on a wide range of industrial wind issues by Dan Boone, Consulting Conservation Biologist, at the public meeting held by Save Our Allegheny Ridges in Bedford, PA on September 18, 2006
1 Oct 2006

Marple says no to new energy plan

Proposal to increase use of alternative energy is deemed too expensive by officials. MARPLE TWP. - Despite the upcoming "ENERGY STAR Change a Light Day" on Oct. 4, the outlook for cleaner, renewable energy in Marple looks a little dim. A resolution promising that by 2010 the township would purchase 20 percent of its electricity from higher-priced sources - such as wind, solar and farm methane -was defeated by a vote of 4-3 Monday.
14 Sep 2006
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