Gone With The Wind: Gamesa Cancels Controversial Wind Farm In Central PA

Prevailing winds are not blowing in a wind turbine producer's favor. Gamesa, a Spanish company that runs turbine production plants in Pennsylvania, has cancelled a controversial power project. The Allegheny Front's Ann Murray has more.

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Prevailing winds are not blowing in a wind turbine producer's favor. Gamesa, a Spanish company that runs turbine production plants in Pennsylvania, has cancelled a controversial power project. The Allegheny Front's Ann Murray has more.

MURRAY: Gamesa's six-year fight for a wind turbine farm is over. The project was planned for Shaffer Mountain in central Pennsylvania.
The proposed site was atop a ridgeline that is a major corridor for migrating hawks, eagles and bats. It's also close to an endangered Indiana bat colony. The location has drawn criticism from environmentalists and sportsmen groups from day one. But David Rosenberg, vice president of marketing for Gamesa, says his company's decision to cancel the 30-turbine project is wrapped around federal subsidies.

ROSENBERG: The uncertainty around the Production Tax Credit brought this to a head and it just made sense for us to make this decision.

MURRAY: Gamesa's permits were held up last fall after an endangered Indiana bat was found dead under a wind turbine about 30 miles away. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is still reviewing the situation.

For The Allegheny Front, I'm Ann Murray.