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.
A wind turbine in the Ringer Hill Wind Farm in Elk Lick Township lost one of its blades Wednesday morning. No one was injured. The 320-foot-tall turbine is one of 14 owned by New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures on Mount Davis. It was completed less than a month ago, on Dec. 20. Spokesman Mike Kinney said the turbine was operating until 12:08 a.m., which means the 177-foot-long blade fell off sometime after that. “At this time we do not . . .
Wind turbines may be coming to the Shaffer Mountain area of Ogle and Shade townships, despite the protests of opponents. In November, Chicago-based energy company Invenergy submitted plans to the Somerset County Planning Commission for three meteorological towers on properties owned by Berwind-White Coal Mining Co. – two towers in Ogle Township and one in Shade Township. The towers are used at potential sites for new wind turbines to assess wind speed, wind direction and other weather. Ogle Township Supervisor Harvey . . .
Wind turbines could start being constructed in Potter County this summer, and the project could reach commercial operations by the end of 2018, a company spokesman reported this week. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued permits to Big Level Wind LLC of New Hampshire, a Walden Green Energy subsidiary, for earth disturbance/erosion and any waterway/wetland encroachment for the wind farm project that will be on about 200 acres of private lands in Hector Township near the border . . .
The issue over 37 wind turbines in Penn Forest Township is being played out in the courts. Atlantic Wind LLC has filed a special exception application to build the turbines on property belonging to the Bethlehem Watershed Authority. The company had been running a series of wind studies in the area since 2013, when it requested permission to install meteorological towers on the property. Residents immediately began to protest the move. Local elected officials were deluged with pleas to stop . . .
A group that opposes mountaintop wind farms has raised alarms on a new project near the Bedford-Somerset county line, although details on the project remain scarce. Save Our Allegheny Ridges, a group that opposes energy development on forested mountaintops, said in a news release that Chicago-based Invenergy plans to install a series of wind turbines atop Shaffer Mountain in Somerset County. While there are indications Invenergy is moving to develop the area – part of a high ridge that divides river . . .
Carbon County County Judge Steven Serfass heard arguments Tuesday in Atlantic Wind’s case against Penn Forest Township’s zoning hearing board. Atlantic Wind asked the court to order a change of venue and to remove the Penn Forest Township zoning hearing board in favor of an independent hearing officer. During Tuesday’s hearing, zoning board solicitor Matthew Rapa told Serfass that the request is “unprecedented” and that there is little to no case law supporting the applicant’s request. “The court has no . . .
JIM THORPE – An anonymous letter mailed to the elderly parents of a wind farm executive. A zoning hearing board member’s email declaring, “This madness has to stop.” A reference to the fatal Ross Township shooting on Facebook. Atlantic Wind alleges it all unfolded this year behind the scenes of a raucous public hearing over whether it can build a wind turbine farm near Bethlehem’s water supply in Carbon County. Now, Atlantic Wind wants a judge to decide whether the vitriol . . .
Judge Steven Serfass held oral arguments on the Penn Forest zoning hearing board’s preliminary objections to Atlantic Wind’s suit requesting that the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas order a change of venue and appoint an independent hearing officer to replace the zoning board hearing its application for a wind turbine farm in the township. Zoning board attorney Matt Rapa did not object to the change of venue but said there was no precedent for the court to grant the . . .
Atlantic Wind continues court battle; Company amends complaint against Penn Forest Township zoning board
In an ongoing battle over the fate of the Bethlehem Watershed wind turbine proposal, Atlantic Wind filed an amended complaint on Tuesday in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas in response to the preliminary objections of the Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board. The amended complaint makes the same assertions as the previous complaint, originally filed in late September and amended in early November, calling for a change of hearing location to the Carbon County Courthouse over safety concerns and . . .
Although the windmills at the Green Mountain Wind Energy Center near Garrett are coming down, one of the first battery storage facilities in Pennsylvania has been built at that location. Bryan Garner, spokesman for NextEra Energy Resources, said the 10.4 megawatts of power that the eight turbines had generated is being provided to the power grid by the Green Mountain Energy Storage facility, which opened in June. “Our Green Mountain storage facility helps feed power to the grid to help . . .