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Company reveals plans to develop major, industrial wind energy generating facility

Chicago company targeting Sweden, Allegany and Ulysses townships in Potter County



 

 

Plans for development of a major industrial wind energy generating facility were revealed during a recent meeting of the Allegany Township Board of Supervisors in Potter County.

A Chicago-based company, Invenergy, would like to build thirty, 400-foot-high wind turbines in Sweden, Allegany and western Ulysses townships. Company spokesman Jay Schoenberger and developer Mike Mulcahey of Port Allegany shared information with the Allegany Township board Wednesday night.

The Invenergy plan is separate from a plan announced by AES Corporation to build a 50- turbine industrial wind plant in Ulysses and Hector townships.

Invenergy is one of the largest privately owned wind developers in the U.S. Earlier this month, the company reached an agreement with GE to supply dozens of wind turbines, a deal that analysts said was a sign that “project financing is returning to (an) industry which ground to a halt with the economic downturn.”

Invenergy’s president and CEO, Michael Polsky, said companies such as his expect to take advantage of the tax provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) passed by Congress in February.

Mulcahey

Mulcahey

That federal stimulus plan provides a three-year Production Tax Credit (PTC) extension for wind power developers, as well as other financial incentives.

“The availability of stimulus funds paves the way for a new wave of growth for the American wind industry,” said John Krenicki, president and CEO of GE Energy, the largest U.S. wind turbine supplier. “We encourage others in the wind industry to follow Invenergy’s example and move forward with their plans to develop wind (resources).”

Following adoption of countywide regulations by Commissioners Doug Morley and Paul Heimel • Commissioner Susan Kefover dissented • wind developers have been focusing their attention on township governments. They hope to persuade township supervisors to approve less restrictive standards so that construction of the turbines can proceed without meeting the county’s regulations.

Wind developers have zeroed in on the Potter County townships of Ulysses, Hector, Homer, Hebron, Eulalia, Sweden and Allegany.

Much of the debate over the past two years has focused on how far wind turbines should be set back from neighboring residences, and the amount of noise generated by the turbines that should be permissible beyond the participating landSchoenberger owner’s borders.

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