Pennsylvania is not Marcellus gas and nothing but Marcellus gas. For example, 3 more wind farms will begin operating by the end of 2011.
They are the 46 megawatt South Chestnut wind farm owned by Ibedrola that will begin operations in 2 weeks; the 50 megawatt Sandy Ridge wind farm owned by Gamesa; and the 75 megawatt Highland North wind farm owned by Everpower that will begin operations in November.
Together the three will add another 171 megawatts of wind power or enough for about another 50,000 homes. They will boost the Pennsylvania total wind capacity to 922 megawatts from 751 megawatts.
922 megawatts of wind avoids large amounts of pollution that would otherwise be pumped into our air and water. It also is significant electricity supply that lowers wholesale electricity prices and benefits consumers.
Wind is growing here and is already an important part of the Commonwealth's energy mix, providing jobs, tax payments, and income to landowners. Still more wind farms will begin operations in 2012 when Pennsylvania will join the 1,000 megawatt wind power club.