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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.

July 17, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Expert refutes wind testimony

A noise expert testified Monday during the hearing for the second application for commercial wind turbines in Penn Forest Township. Robert W. Rand was called by the opposition to the project to testify about wind turbine noise. He concluded that the noise expert for Atlantic Wind, Mark Bastasch, had improperly interpreted the ordinance and that the project would not comply with the noise restrictions set by the township ordinance. Rand is the president at Rand Acoustics LLC, a consultant for . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Penn Forest hearing focuses on noise level

PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – Penn Forest Township zoners heard the testimony of an acoustics expert Monday night who said that an application for 28 wind turbines in the township may not meet noise requirements in the township’s zoning ordinance. Robert Rand of Rand Acoustics LLC testified in the latest of a series of zoning hearings in Penn Forest Township as the municipality’s zoning hearing board weighs whether to approve the application of Atlantic Wind LCC, which is proposing to . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Tyrone wind farm may expand

TYRONE – The firm that owns the 50-megawatt Sandy Ridge Wind Farm on Ice Mountain above the borough wants to expand it – potentially doubling the farm’s capacity. “This is the first stage,” Algonquin Power Co. site representative Emmett Duprey told Borough Council Monday. The 25-turbine farm, with 16 windmills on borough watershed property in Snyder Township and the rest on private ground in Taylor Township, Centre County, was constructed in 2011, after four years of development – which triggered opposition from environmental . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2018 • Opinions, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Progressive action by PGC Board of Commissioners shows this is not the agency of previous time

Pennsylvania Game Commission Southeast Region commissioner Brian Hoover may be a fan of “Man of La Mancha,” but he is sure not a fan of windmills. At least he’s not a fan of any windmills that would be erected on state game lands. Unlike the play’s principal character Don Quixote, Hoover is not attacking windmills on horseback with a lance. Defeating them is not, however, an impossible dream. Hoover was at the forefront of a moratorium enacted by the PGC . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2018 • Letters, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Help fight against turbines

A few weeks, someone wrote a letter to you requesting that we get the word out on how to donate to the Penn Forest Township Wind Turbine Opposition Legal Fund for those not utilizing social media. Included here is the address to do so. Please make checks payable to SOAR, write “Penn Forest” in the memo line of the check, and mail to: SOAR, PO Box 178, Everett, PA 15537. Please know that although residents of Penn Forest are the . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Penn Forest Township sends draft revised turbine ordinance to the planning commission

Penn Forest Township supervisors held a special meeting on Tuesday night for residents to comment on proposed changes to the township’s zoning ordinance pertaining to wind turbines. At the conclusion of the meeting the supervisors voted to send the draft to the Carbon County Planning Commission and the Penn Forest Township Planning Commission for review and comment. The board agreed to amend the current ordinance after residents raised concerns over the two applications pending in the township by Atlantic Wind . . . Complete story »

June 16, 2018 • Letters, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Adopting wind and solar energy not so ‘green’

Several recent editions of this paper have covered discussions regarding wind turbines in Penn Forest Township, while the June 9 edition indicated a county environmental center plans to use solar panels as a source of energy. On the surface, they seem like good ideas, as wind and solar power are promoted as being “green” or good for the environment. However, a recent edition of Chemical & Engineering News, a publication of the American Chemical Society, contained an article titled “Recycling . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Carbon County Commissioners

A Carbon County man is urging the county to show its support for residents’ concerns over a proposed wind turbine project. Chris Lukasevich approached the Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday with a proposed proclamation in support of citizens’ concerns with the placement of wind turbines in Penn Forest Township. He cited the potential adverse impact the project could have on the beauty of the natural environment within the area. Lukasevich said that he is not for or against either of . . . Complete story »

June 7, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Penn Forest nears revision on turbine ordinance

Once again a large number of residents showed up at the Penn Forest Township supervisors’ meeting Monday night to continue to press the supervisors to act on a new wind turbine ordinance. “This is month 19 and I will just keep coming back, month after month,” said Marcus Lawrence, a resident and strong opponent of the Atlantic Wind project. The township is dealing with the wind turbine issue on two fronts. There are two current permit applications in play for . . . Complete story »

June 2, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Massive turbine project stumbles

A massive wind turbine project plotted across 7,000 acres in Hector and Harrison townships has been slowed in the pre-construction stages by environmental regulations. Canadian energy giant Trans-Alta is preparing sites for the 26 towers to harness the wind. Potter County Conservation District has been overseeing the work. “There are several streams wildlife habitats need to be monitored and protected from any ill affects from erosion or any other issues,” said PCCD manager Jason Childs. “We do not want to . . . Complete story »

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