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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.

May 4, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Plan to put up wind turbines in Carbon County not sitting well with some neighbors

PACKER TWP., Pa. – A plan to put up nearly two dozen wind turbines in Carbon County isn’t sitting well with neighbors. Dennis Hinkle has lived in Packer Township nearly all his life, and he’s not all that keen about a windmill project on Broad Mountain. “From the time I was three years old I lived here,” Hinkle said. “We have a nice peaceful valley, we don’t want some kind of chaos, first of all the construction of it, and . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Packer hearing on turbines continues

The Packer Township Zoning Hearing Board is accepting letters from residents who feel they would be impacted by the proposed wind turbine project on Broad Mountain. On Tuesday, the board held the second session in what is expected to be a lengthy hearing to consider whether Broad Mountain Power LLC should be granted a special exception from the township zoning ordinance to construct wind turbines in the township’s agricultural zone. Broad Mountain Power LLC is a subsidiary of Algonquin Power, . . . Complete story »

May 2, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hearings set for Broad Mtn. windmill project zoning

WEATHERLY – The developer proposing to build approximately two dozen large windmills atop Broad Mountain was to present 10 expert witnesses during the zoning hearing into the request, one of their attorneys said Tuesday. But at Wednesday night’s Weatherly Area School Board work session, Peter Bard, the district’s secretary and business manager, said the May meetings were canceled. “They (Packer Twp.) called today and canceled the May dates,” Bard said. “They didn’t give a reason. They said they would get back . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Winds turbine controversy swirling in Carbon County

The winds of controversy are blowing in Carbon County, and it all has to do with a proposed wind turbine farm that has many residents concerned about their quality of life. Signs like the ones we saw opposing the proposed wind turbine farm dot the landscape in Packer Township and surrounding Weatherly Areas. This is because of plans by the Broad Mountain Power Company to place 21 windmills on the Broad Mountain. Those wind turbines stand nearly 700 feet. The . . . Complete story »

April 27, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Solar and wind energy advocates may hold swing vote in Pennsylvania’s divisive nuclear rescue debate

The debate over Pennsylvania’s proposed $500 million nuclear rescue package pits the natural gas and nuclear industries in an epic struggle between the state’s two energy giants. But renewable power advocates believe they hold the swing vote in a tight battle, and they want a seat at the table. Several Philadelphia area legislators were set to introduce bills that will dramatically increase the share of solar and wind power included in any electricity sold in the state, which they say . . . Complete story »

April 22, 2019 • Ohio, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Could Ohio project, industry upswing lead to offshore wind turbines in Erie County?

The offshore wind industry is on the verge of a boom in coastal states along the Atlantic. Some believe the same boom could have similar implications for the Great Lakes. In 2007 and again in 2010, then-state Rep. John Hornaman proposed placing wind turbines on Lake Erie. Hornaman, an Erie Democrat who represented the 3rd Legislative District, had pitched the clean energy alternative as a way to create jobs, saying at the time that it presented a “huge” opportunity for . . . Complete story »

April 20, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Zoning hearing held on wind farm project in Packer Township

WEATHERLY, CARBON COUNTY (WOLF) – More than 20 wind turbines could be coming to Packer Township, but not without some pushback from people who live there. Hundreds of people attended the first zoning hearing on the Broad Mountain wind farm project Wednesday night. “It’s an 80 megawatt wind farm with 21 wind turbines. It’ll be a lot of work. With economic benefits as well as environmental benefits,” said Robert Miller, the Project Manager for the Broad Mountain Wind Farm. The Packer . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hearing on Broad Mountain turbines is tonight

A company proposing 21 wind turbines on the Broad Mountain will appear before the Packer Township Zoning Hearing Board tonight. A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Weatherly Area Middle School cafeteria to discuss the Broad Mountain Wind Project. The proposed wind farm, located on the west side of Dennison Road, would include 21 turbines ranging between 450-656 feet in height; and four meteorological towers, each 418.5 feet tall. The turbines would be located on property owned . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hearings planned on proposed Broad Mountain wind farm

Two zoning hearings on a proposed wind turbine project in Packer Township will be held this month. According to a public notice published in the Times News on April 4, hearings on Broad Mountain Power LLC’s application to construct an 80-megawatt, approximately $125 million park on the Broad Mountain in Packer Township will take place at 6 p.m. on April 17 and 30 at the Weatherly Area Middle School cafeteria, 602 Sixth St., Weatherly. The purpose of the hearings is . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2019 • Letters, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Power co-op plan raises questions

In response to Ms. Bass’s recent letter promoting wind energy (“Keep an open mind on wind energy,” March 23), I would like to make several observations. We all maintain some level of consciousness about conservation of our beautiful natural resources. Although Ms. Bass may have facilitated the development of Broad Mountain Cooperative Municipal Power Agency, now called Broad Mountain Energy, without local statutorily required governmental agencies’ cooperation, she could not start any municipal power agency independently. Based upon state laws, . . . Complete story »

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