Wind Power News: Pennsylvania
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A proposed wind farm on Shaffer Mountain in Ogle and Shade townships would be Invenergy’s first project in Pennsylvania. Michael Kaplan, vice president of business development for the Chicago-based company, said Friday that any project is still years away. “At this point, we’re in the early stages,” he said. “We are not picking up where another company left off. We’re trying to understand for ourselves the site’s environmental issues, to vet the wind speeds and to determine where we would . . .
OGLETOWN – Three 300-foot-tall test towers have been erected on a sprawling tract of Berwind Corp. woodland spanning parts of Ogle and Shade townships. For the Illinois company that added them, its a necessary precursor to a possible Shaffer Mountain wind farm. To Joseph J. Cominsky, it’s an act of war. For more than five years, the Paint Township man was the most vocal opponent of Gamesa’s ultimately unsuccessful plan to build a wind farm on the Berwind tract that . . .
A possible wind farm in northern Somerset County has some residents’ heads spinning figuratively. About 20 people attended an Ogle Township supervisors meeting Monday night to voice concern over the possible wind farm, which, if constructed, would take up parts of Shaffer Mountain in Ogle and Shade townships. Paint resident Joseph J. Cominsky, who owns about 90 acres in Ogle, said he would like to a see a township ordinance amended to increase setback distances for turbines. Cominsky said he . . .
About a dozen residents brought their concerns to the Shade Township supervisors Thursday about a possible wind farm coming to the Shaffer Mountain area of Ogle and Shade townships. In November Chicago-based energy company Invenergy submitted plans to the Somerset County Planning Commission for three meteorological towers on properties owned by Berwind Corp. The towers, two in Ogle Township and one in Shade Township, measure wind speed, direction and weather. Laura Jackson, president of Save Our Allegheny Ridges, brought up . . .
HECTOR TOWNSHIP – Walden Green Energy’s Big Level Wind LLC is now one step closer to fruition. Their plans of erecting 26 wind turbines were granted permit approval on Dec. 27, 2016. The subsequent construction of the turbines is estimated to occur sometime in the summer or fall of 2017. Hector Township, an area rife with lush forest and open fields has been the jewel for various turbine companies for the good portion of this decade. According to Walden Green Energy’s . . .
Three of the 14 turbines on the Ringer Hill Wind Farm in Elk Lick Township are still shut down after one turbine lost a blade two weeks ago. The 320-foot-tall turbine, which is owned by New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures, dropped one of its 177-foot-long blades on Jan. 11, less than a month after it was installed. Spokesman Mike Kinney said all of the turbines were shut down after the malfunction, but 11 have been put back into service . . .
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 . . .