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Wind Power News: Pennsylvania


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 17, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Atlantic Wind scales back turbine proposal

A controversial wind energy project proposed for the land surrounding Bethlehem’s water supply would be scaled back under a zoning application filed this month in a Carbon County community. The application shows the number of turbines would drop from 37 to 28 in Penn Forest Township. The reduction would be to the northern most part of the project, putting the turbines farther than a mile from the nearest home there, the company says. The new proposal would also reduce the . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Atlantic Wind files new application for turbines in Penn Forest

Atlantic Wind filed a new application this week to construct 28 wind turbines on land belonging to the Bethlehem Water Authority in Penn Forest Township. This new application is separate from the one currently before the township for 37 wind turbines. In her letter to the township’s zoning board, Atlantic Wind’s attorney Debra Shulski points out that the new proposal and plan is different from the one which was submitted in April 2016. According to Shulski, the new application: • Reduces . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy proposal scaled back in Bethlehem watershed

The company looking to put energy-producing wind turbines on Bethlehem’s watershed is scaling back the size of the project. Atlantic Wind LLC has zoning approval from Penn Forest Township in Carbon County for 37 turbines on the land in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains region. But that approval is the subject of ongoing litigation, leading to a new, separate proposal for 28 turbines located farther from homes than the original proposal called for, said Paul Copleman, spokesman for Atlantic Wind parent Avangrid . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Penn Forest will not appeal wind turbine ruling

Penn Forest Township supervisors will not appeal a judge’s ruling against its zoning hearing board that will allow a hotly contested wind turbine permit to move forward. Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass ruled the zoning board didn’t act in a timely manner, which deemed the permit approved. As a result, the intention of Atlantic Wind to build up to 37 wind turbines will advance. The project has caused dismay among residents, and the township has received more than 160 . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Paint Township to hear public opinion on wind turbine ordinance

The Paint Township supervisors scheduled a community meeting for March 3 to discuss a proposed wind turbine ordinance. The meeting will follow the supervisors’ public meeting at 3:30 p.m. Residents are welcome to go to the township building before the meeting to review the ordinance. Secretary Wendy Senior was unable to say how long after the meeting the supervisors may pass the ordinance. There may be changes to the ordinance after the meeting, and it must be advertised before it’s . . . Complete story »

January 29, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Give voters a say over Bethlehem wind-power project, lawmaker proposes

A Pennsylvania lawmaker angry over a Bethlehem Authority wind-power project wants to give residents power to approve or deny the proposal. The authority, which manages more than 22,000 acres in Carbon and Monroe counties that supply drinking water to the Bethlehem area, has worked at least since 2009 to develop the wind project. Like timbering, the effort seeks to generate revenue for the authority that owns the Bethlehem water system and leases it to the city to operate. Atlantic Wind . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Why this lawmaker wants to put proposals like Bethlehem’s wind farm to voters

A state legislator wants projects like Bethlehem’s turbine proposal in the Poconos to face the winds of public opinion. The Bethlehem Authority, which owns 23,000 acres around the city’s water supply in Carbon and Monroe counties, would be required to let voters in the municipality in which such a project is proposed decide whether it should be allowed. If they say no, the project could not be voted upon for five years. State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Lehighton, whose district includes . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Alternative energy regulations discussed

ANTRIM TOWNSHIP – When Connie Slye ran for Antrim Township supervisor last year, an alternative energy ordinance was on her to-do list. Slye wasn’t elected, but she is continuing to work on a proposed ordinance with three sections: Solar system on-site (residential) Principal or off-site (solar farm) Wind energy “We need to make Antrim Township a sustainable community and get off fossil fuels,” Slye said after last week’s supervisors’ meeting. She told supervisors she is working with Shippensburg University, which could . . . Complete story »

January 13, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

A surge, then a fade for Pennsylvania’s wind industry

While the wind power industry booms across the United States thanks to favorable federal and state policies, the development of new wind farms has stalled in Pennsylvania. More than two dozen wind farms popped up across the state leading up to 2012, but only one in the years since. Wind advocates say Pennsylvania could follow the lead of other states and bolster its commitment to renewable energy to help the industry grow. But not all think that’s warranted. An altered . . . Complete story »

January 7, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Judge rules in Atlantic Wind case

Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass has upheld the legal technicality that led to a deemed approval of Atlantic Wind’s application for a special exception permit to construct and operate a wind turbine farm in Penn Forest Township. Atlantic Wind hopes to construct and operate up to 37 wind turbines on land it has leased from the Bethlehem Water Authority in Penn Forest Township. The plan has met with a good deal of opposition from township residents. In his opinion, . . . Complete story »

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