If Pennsylvanians embraced the full potential of wind energy, the power produced each year by wind power would equal 38,000,000 megawatt-hours - or 30% of the entire states electricity consumption.
Pennsylvania is home to one of the nations most progressive alternative energy portfolio standards 18% of all energy generated in the Commonwealth comes from clean, efficient sources PA is one of two states with a portfolio standard that includes energy efficiency It’s standard surpasses any other state requirement for solar energy Market share for solar that is some 300% greater than anywhere else in the country. $10 billion in increased output for Pennsylvania, $3 billion in additional earnings Between 3500 and 4000 new jobs for residents over the next 20 years.
Economic prosperity to rural areas Reduces the states dependence on polluting energy sources Wind development creates three times as many jobs per dollar as do fossil fuel power projects Every new megawatt of wind energy creates between 15 and 19 jobs
A Black & Veatch study in Pennsylvania suggested that if the state increased the renewable share of its electricity supply to only 10%, the change would result in 85,000 additional job-years for Pennsylvanians.
One wind turbine occupies only 1/4 acre of land, including access roads. Farming, ranching, forestry, and other land use can continue freely on land occupied by wind turbines. Farmers and rural landowners can generate their own power landowners can earn over $2000 a year for each wind turbine installed on their property
Wind power is free The cost of wind power to Pennsylvanian consumers is not affected by the fluctuations of global markets, unlike fossil fuel prices. Wind energy is a 100% pollution free energy source Provides a reliable and sustainable supply of electricity without contributing to air pollution or global warming. Increasing Pennsylvanias wind energy supply decreases our need for dirty fossil fuel power plants powered by coal and other limited resources.
There are 17 operating wind farms in Pennsylvania In 2007, Montgomery county became the first wind-powered county in the nation, with a two- year commitment to buy 100 percent of its electricity from a combination of wind energy and renewable energy credits derived from wind energy. In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored Swarthmore, PA as a Green Power community, the only one in the Eastern U.S., for its commitment to buy clean energy generated from wind turbines in mountainous region of western Pennsylvania.
24 megawatt wind energy facility located in the Pocono Mountains 12 Turbines Expected to produce over 75 million kilowatt- hours of wind energy annually. In operation since 2006
Largest wind generation facility in Pennsylvania, and the second largest east of the Mississippi River. 43 1.5 megawatt turbines located along the ridge of Moosic Mountain in Wayne County, northeast of Scranton. Generates enough electricity to power 22,000 homes. Owned by FPL Energy, Waymarts energy is purchased by Exelon Generation and is used in Pennsylvania. Produces 64.5 megawatts of power annually
Located in Somerset County Situated on land reclaimed from a coal strip mine. 8 1.3 MW turbines Total output of 10.4 MW Enough to power 3,300 homes.
Produces 30 MW of clean energy for use Powers10,000 homes 20 Wind Turbines Annual output of 20 Megawatts
The 17 wind projects currently operating in Pennsylvania have an installed capacity of 786.1 MW and generate about 2,065,871 megawatt-hours of clean electricity each year. Thats enough to power nearly 229,541 homes. If we install our full potential of 4,000 MW of wind energy, we will be able to produce enough clean power to meet the annual electricity needs of 1,168,000 homes.