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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.
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.
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."
The Bethlehem Authority has a second company interested in generating wind energy on the authority's watershed lands. Iberdrola Renewables presented the authority's board with a proposal last month to install 38 wind turbines on the authority's land in Monroe County and 32 wind turbines on the authority's Carbon County property.
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.
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.
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.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- You're likely to see just about anything making its way along the streets of Chambersburg for the next two years. Houses. Generators. Windmill blades. Silos.
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.
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.
The Butler Township supervisors on Tuesday reinforced last month's rejection of Broad Mountain Development Co. LLC's plans to construct wind turbines in the township by holding another vote on the matter. The vote was backed by a resolution and a three-page document explaining the legal basis for the supervisors' rejection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twelve miles of underground cable, 15 miles of new road and 35 towers standing more than 260 feet tall will add up to Somerset County's newest wind farm. ...The site, measuring 4,313 acres, will sprawl over three townships: Allegheny, Shade and Stonycreek.
The company granted approval this year to construct an electricity-generating wind turbine project in Fayette County when a judge overturned a decision denying the request by the Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board will have to wait a bit longer for the board's ruling. Despite objections from attorneys for the wind turbine company and a landowner participating in the project, the zoning board voted Wednesday to rule on the request within 45 days.
The wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, seems to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming - the very problem wind power seeks to address. The idea that winds may be slowing is still a speculative one, and scientists disagree whether that is happening. But a first-of-its-kind study suggests that average and peak wind speeds have been noticeably slowing since 1973, especially in the Midwest and the East.