STATUS: In progress, with opposition
OPPOSITION: Local residents; Save Our Allegheny Ridges (SOAR)
BACKGROUND: Iberdrola’s plans to build 25 windmills stretching about four miles in parts of Bedford, East St. Clair, King and South Woodbury townships. Iberdrola’s 48-megawatt wind project represents an investment of over $100 million in an area. If the project meets certain deadlines, it will be eligible for and will take advantage of Stimulus funds for renewable energy projects. It was estimated to be operational by late 2011
Local residents have been vocal in expressing concern over the environmental impact of the project; noise; decreased property value; and aesthetic impacts. SOAR has been advocating for protection for the timber rattlesnake, endangered bats and the golden eagle
As of March 2009, environmental assessments on migrating birds and bat populations were under way, as was a wildlife habitat assessment for endangered species.
SOURCES: Altoona Mirror: http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/517600.html?nav=742;
Tribune Democrat: http://tribune-democrat.com/local/x546432875/Homegrown-power-100M-Bedford-project-may-bring-economic-boost/print
Last updated November 24, 2010