Wind Power Potential in Pennsylvania Opportunities and Issues. Gary L. Sheppard Penn State Cooperative Extension. Somerset, PA. Why Wind Energy?. Income to Landowners Rural Economic Development Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Value Added Product Jobs. FPL Energy.
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Gary L. Sheppard
Penn State Cooperative Extension
Wind$1.5 million to $2 million vs. Natural Gas $700,000
Federal Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). enacted in 1994, has changed the economics of wind production through a tax incentive to develop and operate wind generation
Retail Electric Sales Targets
Tier 1 –
Solar photovoltaic & solar thermal Wind power
Biologically derived methane gas
Coal mine methane.
Distributed Generation SystemsDemand Side management
Large scale hydropower
Municipal solid waste
Byproducts of pulping/wood chipping
Integrated Coal gasification technology
Small Wind Certification Corporation
IREC is facilitating the development and launch of the Small Wind Certification Corporation (SWCC). SWCC will work with the small wind industry, governments, and other stakeholders to develop and implement quality certification programs for small wind turbines. Certification is expected to commence in 2008.