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The Wind Equation: Green energy, cluttered horizon

Cathie Pauley, a Noxen resident and president of the Noxen Historical Community Association, said she is concerned about windmills defacing the mountains in Wyoming County. Wyoming County does not have much of an industrial base and community officials look to "our beautiful mountains" for tourism dollars, Pauley said. "Now, tell me who will want to see our mountains when they deface them with their roads, their wind mills and their clear-cutting."
31 Jul 2011

Ashland Mountain windmill project nixed

In a one-sentence order, the state Supreme Court declined to allow Broad Mountain Development Co. LLC to appeal the revocation of its zoning permit to build the wind turbines, more commonly called windmills. The order did not give a reason for the court's decision.
22 Jul 2011

Action taken to stop wind turbine project

The petition is asking for the court to revoke "improperly issued zoning certificates" and building permits, to issue a cease-and-desist order to stop the wind turbine project immediately and to award Bozek all damages to which he may be entitled and costs of the suit.
19 Jul 2011

Pa. wind turbines deadly to bats, costly to farmers

The 420 wind turbines now in use across Pennsylvania killed more than 10,000 bats last year -- mostly in the late summer months, according to the state Game Commission. That's an average of 25 bats per turbine per year, and the Nature Conservancy predicts as many as 2,900 turbines will be set up across the state by 2030. This is a bad time to be a bat.
17 Jul 2011

No breeze at proposed wind farm

More than a year ago, the county learned that Penn Wind in Sunbury was looking to sell its interest in the project. However, on Thursday, county board Chairman Frank Sawicki said he spoke with a Penn Wind representative about a month ago and was told the plans are moving along.
6 May 2011

Group aims to construct wind farm

If and when the company receives a commitment from property owners, Volkswind will apply for the necessary permits needed within the municipalities the wind farms will cover. ...Belleville resident Ed Glick, who owns 40 acres of land on Jack's Mountain, said he refuses to sign a lease amid concerns over the unsightly nature of the wind turbines.
26 Jan 2011

Wind farm gets $6M from state

The state treasury is kicking in $6 million toward construction of the $122 million Highland North Wind Project in Adams and Summerhill townships. The Clean and Alternative Energy Grant Program funding was approved Thursday by Commonwealth Financing Agency, state Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, and stateRep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, announced.
14 Jan 2011

Council shoots down windmill

Doylestown officials, residents and the leaders of Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit have been talking for months about whether the ambulance squad should be allowed to install a 65-foot windmill at its headquarters. Because the borough owns the land on East Street, Doylestown Council had the final say. And the council said, "No."
21 Dec 2010

In York County, wind power lags behind as solar charges forward

William Fay's wind turbine juts from the landscape like a giant metal flower. Standing in a field at his 52-acre farm, he looked up at the motionless blades on the $80,000, 120-foot-tall turbine and said he doesn't have any regrets -- though he had hoped the unit would generate enough electricity to cover the amount consumed by his home, and it hasn't. At its current rate, it's going to take about 15 years -- 6 years longer than he calculated -- until he breaks even on the unit.
1 Dec 2010

Neighbors seek to block wind turbine

Residents asked council to appeal a zoning hearing board decision that will allow the Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit to erect a windmill at its main station. Three North Street residents asked Doylestown Council this week to appeal a decision the Doylestown Zoning Hearing Board rendered last week that would allow Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit to erect a 60-foot wind turbine at its main station.
22 Sep 2010

Hearing today on wind farm proposal

A wind farm project stalled in the permitting process for more than three years will again come before the public at yet another hearing set for today at Somerset Area High School. Opponents and supporters of the Shaffer Mountain Wind Farm, a 30-turbine facility proposed by Gamesa Energy USA, are expected to testify.
11 Aug 2010
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