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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 24, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Attorney wants to use previous wind testimony

The attorney for residents opposed to wind turbines in Penn Forest Township has asked that previous testimony be considered for hearings on a new proposal. Attorney Bruce Anders made the request at Tuesday’s hearing before the Penn Forest Township Zoning Hearing Board. The current round of hearings is for a second application by Atlantic Wind to build 28 industrial turbines on property being leased from the Bethlehem Water Authority located within the township. A similar set of hearings was held . . . Complete story »

May 23, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Penn Forest wind turbine debate turns on semantics; Meaning of primary use disputed

PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – Opposing parties in the debate over proposed wind turbines in Penn Forest Township largely focused on the semantics of zoning terms in the township’s fourth zoning hearing on the matter Tuesday night, with the targeted land’s current principal use coming into question. Atlantic Wind LLC has proposed 28 wind turbines within the township, located on land along Hatchery Road, owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority, a plan that has garnered considerable contention from residents who . . . Complete story »

May 23, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Somerset County wind farm project lands state funding

A multimillion dollar Somerset County wind farm received a cash infusion Tuesday. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Mason Dixon Wind was approved for a $7 million grant through the state Renewable Energy Program. The money for the projected $103,663,658 wind farm is to go toward adding 25 turbines, installation of interconnection equipment, an access road, crane pads and an operations building to house monitoring equipment, according to a state press release. EverPower Wind Holdings, of Pittsburgh, is developing the . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill catches fire at Locust Ridge Wind Farm in Schuylkill County

Schuylkill County fire companies were dispatched Monday night to a 390-foot-tall windmill that caught fire at the Locust Ridge Wind Farm near Mahanoy City, according to emergency radio reports. The fire was reported at the center of the windmill’s three 133-foot blades about 9:15 p.m. in the sprawling wind farm in Union Township. The wind farm has at least 50 more windmills. Fire officials radioed that the flames and sparks at the blades did not appear to be spreading on . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Carbon not alone in turbine war

Penn Forest Township supervisors continue to feel the heat from residents clamoring for a change in the municipality’s zoning ordinance on the heels of two proposals by Atlantic Wind, a subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables, Bethlehem Water Authority property, one for 37 turbines, and another for 28. Hearings continue on the matter, with the latest scheduled for Tuesday night. Township solicitor Thomas Nanovic said the supervisors are committed to making a change to the ordinance, and that a consultant, Charlie Schmehl . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Fire damages Locust Ridge windmill

UNION TWP. – Fire damaged a windmill in the Locust Ridge II Wind Farm Monday night. Fire crews from Shenandoah Heights and Ringtown were dispatched to the wind farm just before 9:30pm for multiple reports of a windmill on fire. Crews responding from Ringtown reported flames visible from the borough, and crews arriving on scene found the top of the windmill aflame. A precautionary 1000-foot collapse zone was established shortly after crews arrived. Just after 10:30pm, crews at the scene . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Residents berate board over lack of action on turbine law

More than 50 residents packed the Penn Forest Township Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night to express frustration and at times anger over the delay in adopting a new wind turbine provision. Township resident Marcus Lawrence, an outspoken opponent of Atlantic Wind’s proposal to construct industrial wind turbines on property belonging to the Bethlehem Water Authority in the township. Shortly after the first application for a special exception permit was submitted to the zoning hearing board, Lawrence presented a revised . . . Complete story »

April 29, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Pennsylvania wildlife agency says no to wind turbines on game lands

There are more than 2,000 active oil and gas wells on Pennsylvania game lands – some inherited, some imposed, some built with the wildlife agency’s consent. There are no wind turbines, and not for lack of trying. Developers have proposed to harness wind energy from the ridges of 19 state game lands since 2005. Every time, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has found the proposed development too destructive to habitat and too disruptive to wildlife and hunters. On Tuesday, the agency’s six . . . Complete story »

April 27, 2018 • Letters, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines pose threat to bald eagles

Bald eagles are collateral damage to the wind turbine industry in a useless effort to combat climate change. Wind energy facilities are permitted to cumulatively kill up to 4,200 bald eagles annually with no prosecution, thanks to the leadership of Barack Obama and various green activist groups. If you are a member of the Sierra Club, the World Wildlife Federation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or even Greenpeace, you should be outraged, but I see no evidence of . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change calmed: PGC declares moratorium on wind turbines

After rejecting 19 of 19 proposals for wind turbines since 2005, the Pennsylvania Game Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a moratorium on wind energy developments on its 1.5 million acres of state game lands. The vote occurred at the end of a 50-minute meeting in Harrisburg and wasn’t part of the agenda; however, the board did discuss wind energy at a work group meeting March 26. While rejecting wind projects, the commission has a long history of leasing game lands . . . Complete story »

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