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Riverside officials consider wind turbine project

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.
20 Oct 2009

Hearing shows conflicts over reaching clean energy goals

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.
19 Oct 2009

DEP to Hold Public Meeting, Hearing on Sandy Ridge Wind Project's Stormwater Permit Application

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. followed by a public hearing at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, to discuss and accept testimony on a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit application by Sandy Ridge Wind LLC for a wind turbine project in Blair and Centre counties. The NPDES permit would address stormwater runoff from the construction of gravel roads, parking areas and concrete pads associated with 28 wind turbines, transmission lines and a substation.
18 Oct 2009

Fayette officials give conditional approval for windmills

The Fayette County Planning Commission Thursday conditionally approved plans to build 22 wind turbines along Chestnut Ridge in Georges and Springhill townships. Iberdrola Renewables of Portland, Ore., has sought approval for the project from the county zoning hearing board for several years, without success. Action by county commissioners in June to amend the county zoning ordinance eliminated the need for a special exception for wind turbines.
10 Oct 2009

Wind turbines focus of Brady Twp. meeting

Brady Township Board of Supervisors heard a wind energy presentation at its meeting last night provided by Laura Jackson of Save Our Allegheny Ridges. ...Noise is a key factor to consider when determining a setback distance, she said. "In my experience it is very hard to prove a noise case in court and a noise study costs 30, 40, $50,000 which a township could not afford."
6 Oct 2009

Turbine spurs debate

Vic Russo and Karen Dickinson think the wind that blows across their small farm is strong enough to spin the blades of a turbine and generate electricity. ...But the turbine, which would be one of the first in Centre County, has hit resistance from some neighbors worried about the way it could look and sound. The township's zoning doesn't cover turbines, so the supervisors would have to give conditional approval before it could go up.
28 Sep 2009

Residents air thoughts on Schuylkill windmills

The Butler Township (Schuylkill County) supervisors hosted the session to gather input on amending the township's zoning ordinance to deal with the issue, since the present ordinance mentions nothing about windmills. ...To begin the meeting, supervisors' Chairman Kevin Kowalick emphasized that no building permits have been issued for the project. He also clarified the supervisors' position on the project.
26 Sep 2009

Wind farm planned at ATV area

A wind farm with up to 14 windmills, if approved by the state, would ease the financial stress on the county's Rock Run Recreation Area near Patton, while preserving the area's planned use for ATV trails and primitive camping, officials said. ..."We have to get approval from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources because the property was purchased with their funds," she said. The site was purchased through a $2 million DCNR grant almost six years ago.
26 Sep 2009

Wind farm owner is sold; Investment expected to spur more projects

The company that owns Highland Wind Farm has been sold as part of a nearly $400 million investment that will jump-start more projects, including a second phase of development here. A British investor has paid $350 million to acquire controlling interest in EverPower Wind Holdings Inc., the New York-based company that developed the 25-turbine wind farm off Dunlo Dip Road in Adams Township.
2 Sep 2009

1st of 67 wind turbines on rise in Bradford County

High atop Armenia Mountain, near this Bradford County borough and close to the Tioga County line, the first of nearly 70 giant wind turbines is rising into the sky. According to Matt Riel, general manager of operations and maintenance with AES Armenia Mt. Wind, as of Tuesday three turbines had been erected and four others have been partially built.
30 Aug 2009

FAA deals blow to Gamesa

The Federal Aviation Administration has found six of the 25 wind turbines Gamesa Energy wants to build in Taylor and Snyder townships to be "presumed hazards," but the company is continuing to study the proposed location in hopes of changing that determination. The turbines in the proposed Sandy Ridge Wind Farm would be 475 feet tall. Nine of them would be in Taylor Township, Centre County. The rest would be in neighboring Snyder Township, Blair County, on land owned by Tyrone.
14 Aug 2009

Grant powers Turkey Hill wind project

A $1.5 million federal stimulus fund grant awarded Monday is just the boost needed to launch southcentral Pennsylvania's first commercial wind turbine project atop Turkey Hill in Manor Township, according to a county official. ...Warner and equal partner PPL Renewable Energy believe the turbines will serve as an example that small-scale wind projects can be built in rural areas to serve nearby customers.
11 Aug 2009

Butler Township revokes wind turbine permits

The zoning permit issued in 2008 to a company planning to construct wind turbines in Butler Township has been revoked. The Butler Township Zoning Hearing Board met Wednesday in the North Schuylkill Junior-Senior High School auditorium to issue its decision on an appeal by township residents to fight the permit that granted a height exception to Broad Mountain Development Co. LLC.
31 Jul 2009

County to hear plans for wind farm

Gamesa Energy USA's plan for a 25-turbine wind farm that would straddle the Centre-Blair county border will be up for review at the Centre County Planning Commission's August meeting. The Sandy Ridge Wind Farm will be built on 4,683 acres of land, some of it in Taylor Township, for which the company has lease agreements allowing placement of the turbines. The turbines will be 404 or 475 feet high. ...The project has sparked opposition from residents and organizations concerned about the potential negative effects of splitting up the forest.
26 Jul 2009

Gamesa revising facility

The Gamesa plant in Cambria Township will be idled in what executives call "fits and spurts" starting later this summer. But there will be no layoffs for the approximately 300 workers at the wind-turbine plant. And, although the economy is slow and some energy tax credits have expired, the idle periods are not related.
20 Jul 2009

Wind project ruling appealed

The developer of a proposed wind turbine project that was again halted by the Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board last month when the board denied requests for eight of 22 turbines has filed an appeal in Fayette County Court asking that the denial be reversed because the company cannot receive a fair and impartial hearing before the zoning board.
17 Jul 2009
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