Saturday, January 12, 2013

More big blades spinning up energy in Pennsylvania

Twin Ridges Wind Farm in Somerset County, Pa

The environmental group, PennFuture, reports (with delight) that two new utility-size wind farms are operating in the Keystone State.

Everpower's 139.4 MW Twin Ridges Wind Farm on Big Savage Ridge in Somerset County started making power on December 21, 2012. The farm has 68 turbines that make enough electricity to power 33,303 homes homes each year. This wind farm is also a big plus for the local economy, delivering up to $223,000 annually, to be shared among the four townships where the turbines are located, and sending at least $93,000 each year to the Berlin and Meyersdale School Districts combined. What's more, Somerset County will get at least $37,000 per year, and 89 landowners will receive over $1.5 million in royalty, easement, and other payments. 
The second Pennsylvania wind farm to start spinning is also the state's largest — the 144 MW Mehoopany Wind Farm in Wyoming County, owned by BP Wind Energy. The $250 million project has 88 wind turbines, enough to power around 34,402 homes each year. More than 400 people worked on the project during the peak of construction, and 10 to 15 workers will 

PennFuture notes that, now with a total of 21 wind farms, Pennsylvania has 1.2 gigawatts of installed wind capacity that can produce enough electricity to power nearly 300,000 homes each year.

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