Pennsylvania Governor Visits Construction Site, Touts Wind

November 04, 2005

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell announced his enthusiastic support of a new wind energy project while standing in driving winds as the sun set on top of Bald Mountain. The site is home to the Bear Creek Wind Farm and is located in northeast Pennsylvania about 75 miles north of Philadelphia and 75 miles east of New York City.

Community Energy in Wayne, Pennsylvania, is developing the project with financing from five regional green energy funds and a grant of $692,000 from the Pennsylvania Clean Air Fund. Community Energy is installing 14 wind turbines, each rated at 2 MW, that are manufactured in Philadelphia by Gamesa. The turbines will become the largest operating in the United States when the plant comes online before the end of the year. For details about the project, see Community Energy's September 7 press release.

Rendell noted that Pennsylvanians spend $30 billion a year importing fuels, and using local energy sources has a multiplier effect on local economies. The governor said at the Bear Creek site visit, "We are working to keep our energy dollars here and put our own citizens to work by supporting innovative ideas. Development and deployment of wind resources is an economic and environmental win for our commonwealth."

Pennsylvania leads states east of the Mississippi River in wind installations with a combined rated capacity of 135 megawatts (MW). And there is an additional 65 MW of wind generation scheduled to come online in 2006. For more information, see the governor's November 3 press release.