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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.
Construction of windmills in southwestern Wyoming County could resume in the fall of 2010, according to a letter received by the Mehoopany Township supervisors. ...BP still has not contracted with a supplier to provide the windmills. In March, BP postponed its plans to construct the wind farm that would include more than 30 windmills.
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.
Nearly three years after a permit application to build a wind farm on Shaffer Mountain was filed with the state, the first shovel of dirt is yet to be turned. The project could be the poster child for private advocacy - with nearly a thousand residents flooding a Department of Environmental Protection meeting in August 2007 to fight the construction and tens of thousands of dollars raised for the Save Our Mountain cause. But Gamesa USA ...said it is not backing down despite public opposition.
Construction could begin in the spring on the first wind farm in Bedford County, a $100 million facility proposed for the top of the Dunning and Evitts mountain range. Iberdrola Renewables Inc. of Portland Ore., has filed a construction permit application with the state ..."A lot of people are concerned about property values," she said. SOAR is pushing for protection for the timber rattlesnake, endangered bats and the golden eagle.
Gamesa USA, the Spanish wind-turbine manufacturer the Rendell administration lured to Pennsylvania five years ago to help build an alternative-energy economic sector in the state, has been quietly moving its headquarters out of Philadelphia. The decision to relocate executives to lower Bucks County, acknowledged by Gamesa representatives in an interview this week, is part of a mixed bag of news the company has for Pennsylvania as it adjusts to a brutal time in the wind industry.
Gamesa USA's decision to furlough more than half its employees at the local turbine blade plant came as a surprise to many. But Gov. Ed Rendell remains optimistic the action is a bump in the renewable energy journey, a spokesman said Friday. ..."Not only does it hurt the families of these employees, but there is a spinoff in the economy as well." The Gamesa plant in Ebensburg was made possible through $9.3 million in state assistance.
Gamesa USA will lay off 141 workers Jan. 1 at its wind turbine blade factory in Ebensburg because the global economic crisis led to a falloff in orders, a company spokesman said Wednesday. There are no new projects under contract because the crisis has delayed wind farm projects, halting orders for turbines, spokesman Michael Peck said. "We're sort of at the end of the food chain," Peck said.
Gamesa USA is reducing employment levels at its Cambria Township fiber blade plant by more than half, the result of the global financial crisis that has stalled many planned wind farm projects, company officials said Wednesday.
A Sunbury-based company that plans to build a portion of a wind farm in Black Creek Township can start building infrastructure as soon as it gets local construction permits. Penn Wind LLC plans to build 22 turbines on Buck Mountain - four in Black Creek, Luzerne County, and 18 in neighboring Beaver Township, Columbia County. ...Turbine construction has to wait until the township grants Penn Wind final approval and issues a permit for each turbine.
Two out-of-state energy companies will present their plan for a wind farm in the county's west end to the public. GEOS Global, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and BP Wind Energy, Charlottesville, Va., want to put up electricity-generating wind turbines, commonly called windmills, on Rausch Creek land.
Another wind farm is planned for Schuylkill County. The proposal will come up Wednesday night at a zoning meeting at the North Schuylkill High School. There is opposition from people who live near the proposed site for the giant windmills. Even from a few miles away wind farms are hard to miss. They're usually located on mountaintops.
Bell Acres council has approved construction of an alternative energy center that will include a 60-foot wind turbine, but not without a few conditions. Several of the stipulations involve possible noise issues, while others are intended to address residents' concerns for dozens of great blue herons that nest about half a mile away on the Bell Acres-Economy line. In a 5-0 vote Monday, council gave the Alternative Energy Center permission to create an 80-by-80 foot display site for three alternative energy products.
A week after the Black Creek Township Zoning Hearing Board gave more time to a Sunbury firm looking to build wind turbines on Tomhicken Mountain, dozens of residents attended a township supervisors' meeting to both speak for and against Penn Wind's plans. Supervisors, however, discussed very little about Penn Wind's plans during the Friday meeting, which was rescheduled from Oct. 6. ...Sean Purdy of Penn Wind did not speak during the meeting. His company wants to install four turbines in Black Creek and 18 in neighboring Beaver Township, Columbia County.
The large wide load grounded Monday remained in town Tuesday, awaiting a part needed for repairs before it continues to West Virginia. Front Street remained closed from Route 54 to Mill Street, where the 150-foot-long, 100-ton windmill base sat on a trailer. The part for a damaged rear turning axle was ordered from Alabama and is expected to be delivered today, Danville Police Chief Eric Gill said.
Despite a recent report indicating Pennsylvania's significant growth in wind energy, local projects that once seemed imminent are all either dead or at a standstill. The state ranked second in growth with 29 percent, according to the American Wind Energy Association's report on the market for the third quarter of 2009. ...Two Luzerne County projects have withered on the vine, one dying after a very public legal fight and the other quietly.
A Sunbury firm that wants to build wind turbines on Tomhicken Mountain now has more time to complete the project. Thursday night, the Black Creek Township Zoning Hearing Board voted 3-0 to grant Penn Wind LLC an extension from Dec. 31, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2011, to complete construction of four wind turbines in Black Creek Township. Penn Wind is building 18 additional windmills in neighboring Beaver Township, Columbia County.
Officials with the Riverside School District are considering a feasibility study for a wind turbine project to reduce electricity costs. At a committee meeting Monday, a handful of board members heard a presentation from Frank Smollon, president of Electric City Wind Power Corp., a licensed manufacturer and distributor of vertical wind power technology. ...A megawatt unit would produce more than 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, or enough to power about 300 average households, Mr. Smollon said. "But you have to remember wind is an intermittent resource and it is a natural source," he said.
Clean energy and the "green jobs" attached to it enjoyed wide support in testimony at a Senate hearing in Pittsburgh today but differences remain about how and how quickly federal policies should push those goals. Sen Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who hosted the hearing, acknowledged those tensions between "competing interests" in Pennsylvania coal, natural gas and alternative energy industries.