PA Governor Rendell Building Clean Energy Future for Pennsylvania

Bear Creek Wind Farm Will Power More Than 9,000 Homes, Enhancing

Pennsylvania's National Leadership in Development, Deployment of Alternative

Energy



Nov 03, 2005, 00:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell is
 making investments and putting policies in place to help Pennsylvania build a
 clean energy future and keep the state in the forefront of alternative energy
 development.
     "Pennsylvania is leading the way with cutting-edge projects to develop
 home-grown energy resources and solutions, encourage conservation and build a
 diversified energy base that creates jobs and improves our environment,"
 Governor Rendell said during a tour today of the Bear Creek Wind Farm.
     "Working with private industry and making strategic investments,
 Pennsylvania continues to build its own energy from wind power to waste-coal-
 to-diesel to biofuels," the Governor added.  "We cannot afford to wait for the
 federal government to establish a policy that supports our businesses and
 reduces our dependence on foreign oil. We are acting now.
     Pennsylvania leads states east of the Mississippi in the deployment of
 wind energy, producing nearly 135 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power
 more than 50,000 homes -- with as many as 65 megawatts scheduled to come on
 line within the next year.
     Among the wind energy projects in development is the Bear Creek Wind Farm,
 located just south of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County.
     "When I came to Harrisburg three years ago, I said we were going to do
 things differently," Governor Rendell said.  "Today is another example of how
 we're going to lead, not follow.  I am determined to start bringing our
 independence back as a country.  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."
     Wind power is among the cleanest and fastest-growing sources of energy. In
 Pennsylvania, its potential is significant. There are more than 5,000
 megawatts of untapped power in the commonwealth, with the potential to
 generate 45 billion kilowatt-hours annually, enough to power more than 5
 million homes.
     The Bear Creek Wind Farm, which is being developed by Community Energy
 Inc., features 12 wind turbines that will provide more than 70 million
 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable and domestically produced electricity for
 more than 9,000 homes each year. All of the towers, currently under
 construction, should be in place by early next year."
     Governor Rendell provided $692,000 to the wind farm through the Department
 of Environmental Protection's Clean Air Fund. Bear Creek also received a $1
 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority,
 which the Governor recently revitalized as part of his strategy to build a
 clean, indigenous, diversified energy industry in the state.
     Bear Creek's 12 turbines -- the largest turbines in use in the United
 States -- are being supplied by Gamesa Corp. of Spain, the world's second-
 largest wind-energy manufacturer, which set up shop in Pennsylvania in
 September 2004. Governor Rendell personally led the campaign to land Gamesa,
 beating out many other vying states. With its U.S. headquarters and two
 manufacturing facilities based here, Gamesa represents a $40 million
 investment in the state that will create as many as 1,000 jobs over five
 years.
     The Bear Creek Wind Farm is among a number of projects that Governor
 Rendell has supported and advanced to build Pennsylvania's clean energy
 future. The Governor's successful and visionary leadership in building a clean
 energy future was recognized recently by former President William J. Clinton
 in the Inaugural Clinton Global Initiative, an international summit.
     In late October, Governor Rendell launched the east coast's first
 commercially viable biofuels storage and blending system in Middletown,
 Dauphin County. The plant will replace 3.2 million gallons of foreign oil with
 domestically produced biodiesel and will keep about $6 million worth of energy
 dollars in the Commonwealth by reducing the state's need to purchase imported
 fuels.
     Pennsylvanians now spend some $30 billion per year on imported energy
 fuels. However, using and developing homegrown energy sources and supplies has
 a multiplier effect in local and regional economies that can yield significant
 economic benefits.
     Governor Rendell has made Pennsylvania a frontrunner in addressing the
 country's dependence on foreign oil by supporting the nation's first-ever
 waste-coal-to-diesel plant and creating a fuel consortium that will purchase
 nearly all of the cheaper, cleaner, diesel fuel that will be produced at the
 Schuylkill County facility. The plant, which is being built by Waste
 Management and Processors Inc. of Gilberton, Schuylkill County, will use waste
 coal to produce as much as 40 million gallons of clean-burning diesel
 annually. Construction will create as many as 1,000 jobs.
     Operating the plant will produce another 600 permanent, high-paying,
 positions. The company expects to break ground and start construction as early
 as spring of 2006.
     Nationally syndicated business and financial columnist Lou Dobbs praised
 Governor Rendell recently on his CNN news program for his national leadership
 on energy initiatives. Barron's, one of the nation's premier financial weekly
 magazines, and Bloomberg News, also highlighted the Governor's leadership in
 creating the buyers' consortium.
     Pennsylvania is now home to one of the nation's most progressive
 alternative energy portfolio standards, ensuring that 18 percent of all energy
 generated comes from clean, efficient sources by the year 2020. Pennsylvania
 is one of two states with a portfolio standard that includes energy
 efficiency, and the commonwealth's portfolio standard far surpasses any other
 state requirement for solar energy, guaranteeing a market share for solar that
 is some 300-percent greater than anywhere else in the country. Benefits
 include $10 billion in increased output for Pennsylvania, $3 billion in
 additional earnings and between 3,500 and 4,000 news jobs for residents over
 the next 20 years.
     Earlier this week, Governor Rendell announced Pennsylvania is taking
 aggressive steps to clean up its rivers and streams, improve parks, revitalize
 abandoned industrial sites and protect open space and preserve farmland with
 an investment of $65 million in environmental projects that will help scores
 of Pennsylvania communities.
     The Governor also said all 67 counties will now be able to apply for $90
 million, allocated on a county-by-county basis, for eligible environmental
 projects.
     Governor Rendell's Growing Greener II initiative provides significant
 resources to build on the success of other energy initiatives, including up to
 $10 million annually for PEDA, which has up to $1 billion available to provide
 financing to help build clean power and fuel plants. In June, PEDA awarded its
 first $6.5 million to finance 16 clean energy projects that will create as
 many as 450 permanent and construction jobs, including 327 full-time jobs.
     The Pennsylvania Energy Harvest Grant Program funds projects that build
 markets for advanced and renewable energy technologies that use biomass, wind,
 solar, small-scale hydroelectric, landfill methane, energy efficiency, coal-
 bed methane and waste coal. The program has awarded $10 million and leveraged
 another $26.7 million in private funds since its inception in May 2003.
     Governor Rendell also signed an executive order, "Energy Management and
 Conservation in the Commonwealth," ensuring maximum efficiency in energy
 management and conservation in state facilities through the implementation of
 a centralized energy strategy. This measure will decrease energy consumption
 and energy costs and promote a cleaner environment.
     The Governor enacted an expansion of the state's Alternative Fuels
 Incentive Grant Program, which invests in enhancing the infrastructure
 necessary to expand the state's capacity to produce alternative fuels. AFIG
 also helps residents purchase alternative-fuel vehicles and finances related
 fuel projects to create new markets that can have measurable impacts on
 pollution reduction, environmental protection and economic growth.
     More recently, Governor Rendell announced a plan to replace some 25
 percent of the state's vehicle fleet with hybrids by 2011.
     For more information on these energy initiatives, visit the state's Web
 site at http://www.state.pa.us, Keyword: "DEP Alternative Energy."
     The Rendell Administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
 education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
 economic investment to support our communities and businesses.  To find out
 more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly
 newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us.
 
     CONTACT:  Kate Philips
               Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
               717-783-1116
 
               Kurt Knaus, DEP
               717-787-1323
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell is
 making investments and putting policies in place to help Pennsylvania build a
 clean energy future and keep the state in the forefront of alternative energy
 development.
     "Pennsylvania is leading the way with cutting-edge projects to develop
 home-grown energy resources and solutions, encourage conservation and build a
 diversified energy base that creates jobs and improves our environment,"
 Governor Rendell said during a tour today of the Bear Creek Wind Farm.
     "Working with private industry and making strategic investments,
 Pennsylvania continues to build its own energy from wind power to waste-coal-
 to-diesel to biofuels," the Governor added.  "We cannot afford to wait for the
 federal government to establish a policy that supports our businesses and
 reduces our dependence on foreign oil. We are acting now.
     Pennsylvania leads states east of the Mississippi in the deployment of
 wind energy, producing nearly 135 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power
 more than 50,000 homes -- with as many as 65 megawatts scheduled to come on
 line within the next year.
     Among the wind energy projects in development is the Bear Creek Wind Farm,
 located just south of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County.
     "When I came to Harrisburg three years ago, I said we were going to do
 things differently," Governor Rendell said.  "Today is another example of how
 we're going to lead, not follow.  I am determined to start bringing our
 independence back as a country.  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."
     Wind power is among the cleanest and fastest-growing sources of energy. In
 Pennsylvania, its potential is significant. There are more than 5,000
 megawatts of untapped power in the commonwealth, with the potential to
 generate 45 billion kilowatt-hours annually, enough to power more than 5
 million homes.
     The Bear Creek Wind Farm, which is being developed by Community Energy
 Inc., features 12 wind turbines that will provide more than 70 million
 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable and domestically produced electricity for
 more than 9,000 homes each year. All of the towers, currently under
 construction, should be in place by early next year."
     Governor Rendell provided $692,000 to the wind farm through the Department
 of Environmental Protection's Clean Air Fund. Bear Creek also received a $1
 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority,
 which the Governor recently revitalized as part of his strategy to build a
 clean, indigenous, diversified energy industry in the state.
     Bear Creek's 12 turbines -- the largest turbines in use in the United
 States -- are being supplied by Gamesa Corp. of Spain, the world's second-
 largest wind-energy manufacturer, which set up shop in Pennsylvania in
 September 2004. Governor Rendell personally led the campaign to land Gamesa,
 beating out many other vying states. With its U.S. headquarters and two
 manufacturing facilities based here, Gamesa represents a $40 million
 investment in the state that will create as many as 1,000 jobs over five
 years.
     The Bear Creek Wind Farm is among a number of projects that Governor
 Rendell has supported and advanced to build Pennsylvania's clean energy
 future. The Governor's successful and visionary leadership in building a clean
 energy future was recognized recently by former President William J. Clinton
 in the Inaugural Clinton Global Initiative, an international summit.
     In late October, Governor Rendell launched the east coast's first
 commercially viable biofuels storage and blending system in Middletown,
 Dauphin County. The plant will replace 3.2 million gallons of foreign oil with
 domestically produced biodiesel and will keep about $6 million worth of energy
 dollars in the Commonwealth by reducing the state's need to purchase imported
 fuels.
     Pennsylvanians now spend some $30 billion per year on imported energy
 fuels. However, using and developing homegrown energy sources and supplies has
 a multiplier effect in local and regional economies that can yield significant
 economic benefits.
     Governor Rendell has made Pennsylvania a frontrunner in addressing the
 country's dependence on foreign oil by supporting the nation's first-ever
 waste-coal-to-diesel plant and creating a fuel consortium that will purchase
 nearly all of the cheaper, cleaner, diesel fuel that will be produced at the
 Schuylkill County facility. The plant, which is being built by Waste
 Management and Processors Inc. of Gilberton, Schuylkill County, will use waste
 coal to produce as much as 40 million gallons of clean-burning diesel
 annually. Construction will create as many as 1,000 jobs.
     Operating the plant will produce another 600 permanent, high-paying,
 positions. The company expects to break ground and start construction as early
 as spring of 2006.
     Nationally syndicated business and financial columnist Lou Dobbs praised
 Governor Rendell recently on his CNN news program for his national leadership
 on energy initiatives. Barron's, one of the nation's premier financial weekly
 magazines, and Bloomberg News, also highlighted the Governor's leadership in
 creating the buyers' consortium.
     Pennsylvania is now home to one of the nation's most progressive
 alternative energy portfolio standards, ensuring that 18 percent of all energy
 generated comes from clean, efficient sources by the year 2020. Pennsylvania
 is one of two states with a portfolio standard that includes energy
 efficiency, and the commonwealth's portfolio standard far surpasses any other
 state requirement for solar energy, guaranteeing a market share for solar that
 is some 300-percent greater than anywhere else in the country. Benefits
 include $10 billion in increased output for Pennsylvania, $3 billion in
 additional earnings and between 3,500 and 4,000 news jobs for residents over
 the next 20 years.
     Earlier this week, Governor Rendell announced Pennsylvania is taking
 aggressive steps to clean up its rivers and streams, improve parks, revitalize
 abandoned industrial sites and protect open space and preserve farmland with
 an investment of $65 million in environmental projects that will help scores
 of Pennsylvania communities.
     The Governor also said all 67 counties will now be able to apply for $90
 million, allocated on a county-by-county basis, for eligible environmental
 projects.
     Governor Rendell's Growing Greener II initiative provides significant
 resources to build on the success of other energy initiatives, including up to
 $10 million annually for PEDA, which has up to $1 billion available to provide
 financing to help build clean power and fuel plants. In June, PEDA awarded its
 first $6.5 million to finance 16 clean energy projects that will create as
 many as 450 permanent and construction jobs, including 327 full-time jobs.
     The Pennsylvania Energy Harvest Grant Program funds projects that build
 markets for advanced and renewable energy technologies that use biomass, wind,
 solar, small-scale hydroelectric, landfill methane, energy efficiency, coal-
 bed methane and waste coal. The program has awarded $10 million and leveraged
 another $26.7 million in private funds since its inception in May 2003.
     Governor Rendell also signed an executive order, "Energy Management and
 Conservation in the Commonwealth," ensuring maximum efficiency in energy
 management and conservation in state facilities through the implementation of
 a centralized energy strategy. This measure will decrease energy consumption
 and energy costs and promote a cleaner environment.
     The Governor enacted an expansion of the state's Alternative Fuels
 Incentive Grant Program, which invests in enhancing the infrastructure
 necessary to expand the state's capacity to produce alternative fuels. AFIG
 also helps residents purchase alternative-fuel vehicles and finances related
 fuel projects to create new markets that can have measurable impacts on
 pollution reduction, environmental protection and economic growth.
     More recently, Governor Rendell announced a plan to replace some 25
 percent of the state's vehicle fleet with hybrids by 2011.
     For more information on these energy initiatives, visit the state's Web
 site at http://www.state.pa.us, Keyword: "DEP Alternative Energy."
     The Rendell Administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
 education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
 economic investment to support our communities and businesses.  To find out
 more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly
 newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us.
 
     CONTACT:  Kate Philips
               Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
               717-783-1116
 
               Kurt Knaus, DEP
               717-787-1323
 
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