Category Archives: FAA Issues

FAA gives notice of three wind turbine projects

2 in Crisfield are approved and 1 in Westover is pending

By Richard Crumbacker     Crisfield-Somerset County Times

January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — The FAA’s Obstruction Evaluation Group posted information about three wind turbines planned in Somerset County.

Two are community scale turbines to be built across from Woodson Elementary School on property recently rezoned to Industrial-2 by Crisfield’s City Council.

The third is through Pioneer Green Energy and is located west of George Riggins Road. It would have a maximum height of 473 feet which is one foot less than what the Department of Defense determined would cause an interference with the ADAMS radar system in Southern Maryland.

The Great Bay Wind Energy Center that Pioneer Green envisions for the Westover and Marion areas includes 29 turbines but their heights are over 474 feet. That caused the DoD to not endorse the project unless there was mitigation so as to not compromise the operations at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

Pioneer Green Development Manager Paul Harris said this single turbine would serve as an educational and job training site. “It would serve as an opportunity for students and residents of the county to learn about the technology and local firms to gain valuable first-hand experience on turbine construction and operations,” he said by email. “We look forward to our continued work to bring new jobs and investment in Somerset County.”

Right now, the County Commissioners are not considering the draft industrial wind turbine ordinance that was developed by a majority of the appointed members of the Planning and Zoning Commission. As a result, even if all federal agencies approved it, Pioneer would not get a construction permit from Somerset County.

As for the Crisfield project, Phil Johnson is the landowner and he said he has his FAA approval in hand. He is working with Aeronautica Windpower to place two 750 kW turbines that are 307 and 309 feet tall on the 22 acre dredge spoil site. While he originally proposed an arrangement with Somerset County Public Schools to use them to offset its electrical needs with the property available to students interested in green technology, he said that will not be the case as the school board did not make a commitment to be involved.

Mr. Johnson is now speaking with other agencies and non-profits. “It’s something like a $4 million savings over the life of the project,” he said, and while he personally wanted it to benefit the school system, “I can’t believe they turned it down.”

Superintendent John Gaddis replied that the school board “decided to wait” at least a year until Crisfi eld’s municipal wind turbine under construction behind the wastewater treatment plant was up and running. That way the data about its output could be evaluated.

ALERT! NEW Info Concerning Pioneer Green and FAA Report!

January 3, 2015

This FAA Clearinghouse Report was found this morning on the FAA Clearinghouse website.  Apparently when the document was originally filed, there was a typo and the file stated “gret” instead of “great”.  Here is the Report dated December 2014 which was apparently sent to Congress.  This report, on the last page,  the Conclusions section says it all.  Click on the Report below to view it.

Report On The Determination Of UNACCEPTABLE RISK To NATIONAL SECURITY From A Proposed Commercial Wind Turbine Project in the Vicinity of  NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER And The ATLANTIC TEST RANGE

Additionally, there is the FAA Clearinghouse Library Page that shows the Report was sent to Congress.

E.J. Monheiser,  SAFE FORSOMERSET Group

PA – FAA Ruling Could Still Wind Farm Plans – Pioneer Green Again!

 Pennsylvania

By VALERIE MYERS, Erie Times-News | October 20, 2014 | www.goerie.com

A recent decision by the Federal Aviation Administration could take the wind out of the sails of a Texas company (Pioneer Green) planning to build a commercial wind farm in North East Township.

The FAA has determined that the giant wind turbines needed to harness wind power would interfere with radar used by air traffic controllers at Erie International Airport.

The FAA therefore denied the developer’s request to extend an earlier FAA determination that the turbines would not interfere with aviation. Continue reading

PA – FAA Denies Pioneer Green Energy Extension for Wind Turbine Construction .. Sound familiar?

October 15, 2014 by Paul Crowe | North East Windmills | northeastwindmills.com ~~

Erie County, Pennsylvania

Pioneer Green Energy was just handed a pretty serious setback in their attempts to keep their proposed Erie County, PA wind turbine project alive. Any structure over 200 feet tall must receive approval from the FAA before construction can begin. Originally, approvals for the 67 turbine locations were issued on September 9th, 2012 and were scheduled to expire on May 27th, 2014. Since no turbines have been built and no construction has started, Pioneer applied for an extension of the project. Just last week, October 9th, 2014, the FAA denied the extension requests due to objections from air traffic control at Erie. Continue reading