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Friday, April 15, 2016

26 Wind turbines being planned for Potter County

By ALEX DAVIS Era Reporter a.davis@bradfordera.com
Bradford Era

Wind turbines are likely coming to Potter County, several years after a previous attempt failed.

Plans call for 26 wind turbines, hundreds of feet high, to be built in a forested area of Hector Township, near the border of Tioga County. The company pursuing the multimillion-dollar project is Big Level Wind LLC of New Hampshire, a Walden Green Energy subsidiary.

Several years ago, the construction of wind turbines in nearby Ulysses Township had been on the drawing board with some towers to be placed in Hector Township. But the idea fell through, Hector Township secretary Bonnie French told The Era on Thursday.

That was then, and this is now. French said the company is hoping to get the project in the works before the end of the year. Read more...

22 comments :

Anonymous said...

Hector Township Supervisors have bitten off more than they can chew even if their secretary thinks these machines are "neat." Looks like money talks when it comes to influencing the township. I don't think the article is correct about the company paying a tax to the township. The payment is probably part of a host agreement that another fast-talking company offered to the Ulysses Township Supervisors. Yes, follow the money.

Anonymous said...

Very good deal!

Anonymous said...



Wind turbines are inefficient, unsightly, kill hundreds of
thousands of birds, noisy, and a waste of money. Anyone
who has been in other parts of Pennsylvania(or other states)
where there are wind turbines knows what I'm saying.

My electric bill has a surcharge to support a money losing
wind farm. It can't sustain itself.

Anonymous said...

These wind turbines are nothing but an eye-sore. What we need in this county are more beautiful fracking rigs.

Anonymous said...

Yup, those ugly things are just what we need to enhance the natural beauty of our county that so many people visit yearly. 100 years ago we had towering virgin hemlock forests....man stripped them from the land...for money. Now, we will get towering impotent windmills, for guess what ...money. Surely our tourism will double for people wanting to see them and hear their incessant whine.

Anonymous said...

Change is hard, but inevitable.

Anonymous said...

who benefit's from this ? Do potter county residents get a discount on their electric bills or how does this work ?

Anonymous said...

I would choose windmills over defective well casings.

Anonymous said...

These things are a joke. They are unsightly, noisy, and provide little benefit other than to the people who make money on them and trickle some of the cash to others who think they are "neat".

I've seen them in rural areas and in urban areas. Sure, the politicians will have some more money to spend and tinker with, but it's indefensible to surrender hilltops, forests, and quiet to produce very little electricity for the effort.

Anonymous said...

Look at what is really happening. A German company, a forest owned by the John Hancock Insurance Company for profit and nothing else, a meager amount of electricity fed into the national grid with no local benefit, all so we can supposedly feel good about reducing our use of fossil fuels. I wonder how well educated the Hector Township Supervisors are on all of these complexities of this industry? Why did Hector Township seize all of the control on this from the county? Is that legal? Oh, wait a minute, it says here the Germans are going to fill their coffers year after year. That speaks for itself. I am going to guess that the residents of Hector Township really couldn't care less so this should be easy picking for the Germans and the John Hancock Insurance Company. They love to find places like Hector Township where they can take advantage of the uneducated and uninterested.

Anonymous said...

Windmills, takes 60yrs to pay for themselves but only last 30yrs.... another brilliant idea!!

Anonymous said...

One thing you can count on is your electric bills going UP!!. The cost of the increased electric grid and the expensive cost of wind power electricity will be passed on to the people. Hang on to your wallet. The only thing Hector township will have to show with the extra money, they hope to get, is a raise for the supidvisors and a new truck.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who has been exposed to wind turbines and has actually done their homework on them, know full well that wind turbines are not harmful to humans. They are, however, extremely great for energy production and environmental protection. People around here are happy to have the rape and pillage of the gas industry because it puts money in their pockets. But we need to leave al little bit of untainted Mother Earth for our children and grandchildren. Clean, renewable energy is efficient AND it creates JOBS in the renewable energy field! So, create jobs, clean energy, saved water and air and earth. What is wrong with that?

Anonymous said...

The 5:00 poster has clearly drank the punch.

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Kirsten Wolfe said...

You people are so backward and ignorant. Renewable efficient energy is undoubtedly a good investment. I clearly remember the first time people in Potter County rallied against windmills. It was just unbelievable!

Kirsten Wolfe said...

5:00 you are so right. The earlier posts are so crazy! I remember when people were rallying against the windmills about 9-10 years ago in Potter County. Unbelievable. Renewable and efficient wind power can't be beat. There are still plans in the making for off shore wind farms too. Take a look at what's going on in Europe with clean energy. You just publicized your small minded backward opinions. That's why I love this blog.

John said...

https://www.wind-watch.org/faq-output.php

Anonymous said...

The under-educated and insecure are always opposed to change and scientific advancement.

Anonymous said...

Years ago we used windmills to pump our water to our houses They were at every house . Who cared what they looked like or how much noise they made as long as they gave us water. Every now and then a blade would fly off our one would fall down. as much wind that we have had lately we should be getting some energy from it. More trees have come down and caused problems power outages. I love to go down state and up to the new York Canada border and watch them. Unless you go right underneath the blades you don't hear much noise. Not as much as these noisy trucks. Some people can't take change we need to more forward . Only thing that went forward are the stupid smart phones that are being hacked everyday and people have to air their dirty laundry that nobody cares about

Anonymous said...


Re: 5:00PM

Obviously, You HAVEN'T done Your research. I live next
to and am very familiar with wind turbines. The cost
and maintenance far exceed the electricity produced.
Our electric bill has increased to subsidize this "feel
good" folly. I have had lengthy discussions with the
workers who erect them and the maintenance workers. They
all laugh at the money they're making "until people figure
out they've been had. It's another political rip off of
the Taxpayers.

Kirsten Wolfe said...

There is more than one manufacturer of wind turbines. Perhaps the particular ones you are speaking of are not as efficient or well constructed as others. Perhaps you need to do more research.