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Wind farm meeting draws more than 200

About 220 people recently attended a presentation in Troy on the Armenia Mountain Wind Farm planned for Bradford and Tioga (Pa.) counties.

Robert J. White, the vice president of AES Armenia Mountain Wind, LLC, the company planning the project, said the event was held at Memorial Auditorium last month.

He said a question-and-answer session followed the project presentation, and people had a lot of questions. He said the question-and-answer session lasted from a half-hour to 45 minutes.

He said that some questions regarded the impact of the project on birds and property values.

Right now, studies are being done.

“We expect to be in a position to submit (the project) to the respective county planning commission in September,” he said.

The project is planned for Armenia Mountain in Armenia Township in Bradford County and Sullivan and Ward townships in Tioga County.

According to a flier, the studies that are being done include bird and bat studies, a shadow flicker analysis and even a timber rattlesnake survey.

Construction would start in 2008.

According to a handout from AES, the project would be approximately 150 MW in size and the electricity produced would serve about 47,000 homes. It notes that property tax payments would be more than $200,000 per year and lease payments would be about $700,000 per year with 70 landowners participating. There would be 80 to 100 construction jobs and 12 operations jobs with “significant local purchases during construction” and improvements to some local roads.

AES is based in Arlington, Va., and is one of the world’s largest global power companies with 25 years of experience developing, constructing, financing and operating power projects with operations in 26 countries and 123 generation plants, according to an AES description.

By Eric Hrin

The Daily & Sunday Review

6 July 2007