A Pennsylvania Commission Banned Wind Energy. Here’s Why

| May 26, 2018

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This month, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) voted unanimously to ban wind turbines on the 1.5 million acres it controls. Fully five percent of the Commonwealth’s land is managed by the PGC, yet no commercial wind project had ever been approved. There has been no development in spite of the fact that the land’s many ridge tops are considered highly attractive for windmills. A 2017 comprehensive report by Saint Francis University identified nearly 180,000 acres of State Game Lands (SGLs) that could support utility-scale wind projects. The area represents 17 percent of the state’s entire developable wind acreage. Since 2005, 19 Game Lands had been included in wind-development proposals some multiple times. All were denied and found to have “a high probability of adversely impacting wildlife resources and the recreational uses associated with SGLs.” The PGC found the proposals “incompatible with its mandates under the Code to protect, propagate, manage and preserve the game and wildlife of the Commonwealth and promote recreational opportunities.”

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