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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.”

Development of the Game Lands would have been a major contribution to meeting the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, which requires that utilities generate at least 18 percent of their electricity from sources such as wind. So why did the Commission ban wind projects from state lands?

…The PGC’s mission includes “managing Pennsylvania’s wild birds” and protecting these species is a top priority for the agency. It is well documented that windmills kill migratory birds that utilize the high mountain ridges in their transit from south to north and back again every year. High on the list of the species is the endangered Indiana bat whose deaths may be compounded by changes in air pressure produced by swiftly moving blades. Dangers to the threatened Allegheny Wood Rat and Timber Rattler were additional reasons for previous permit denials.

Winter ice thrown from blades — not an uncommon event — poses danger to humans and wildlife alike, as do blades thrown in cases of more rare malfunctions. While windmills appear to move slowly, speeds can reach nearly 200 mph and throw objects long distances.

High voltage equipment and other infrastructure present significant risks to the public. With more than 40 various hunting seasons in the Keystone State, exclusionary boundaries around each turbine would severely limit the public’s access for one of the primary uses of the Game Lands.

Additional negative effects have been cited by the Commission in denying previous requests including 11 different negative impacts from just one proposal for Game Land no. 42. Aesthetic concerns emanate from the despoiling of otherwise grand vistas and appear to have contributed to the Commission’s decision…

…In stark contrast to their opposition to wind energy, the Commission appears to have embraced natural gas development on their properties. There are currently nearly 3,000 oil and gas wells on the game lands, including five properties which are host to active drilling rigs targeting the prolific Marcellus Shale. Approval of drilling proposals likely is related to the relatively small footprint of operations owing to horizontal drilling techniques along with benefits of improvement of the habitat for wildlife.

I’ve written about FANG before in this post, their trendy Proletarian shirt business, their retro Stalinist look and their spoiled brat behavior intended to garnish attention. They were at it again recently with an infantile protest of MorganStanley. Here’s how they describe their efforts:

In a ceremony at a solar farm in Monmouth Junction, the governor’s action marked a step toward achieving his ambitious clean-energy agenda, by requiring at least half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy by 2030. The plan also mandates utilities ramp up programs to reduce energy use.

“Today is a big leap forward,’’ Murphy told legislators, cabinet officials, and representatives of key environmental groups who gathered at the solar farm, which is still under construction. The governor also signed an executive order, directing the development of a new Energy Master Plan to have the state achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

Whether the state can deliver on that agenda and at what cost to ratepayers will likely generate as much debate and argument over the next few years as occurred during the bruising fight to get the bills through the Legislature in the past six months.

No issue was more controversial than the measure ( S-2313) to direct up to $300 million a year in ratepayer subsidies to keep three nuclear power plants from closing in South Jersey. Public Service Enterprise Group threatened to shutter them, arguing they are no longer economically competitive.

Murphy tried to quash concerns about the bill’s impact on utility customers, saying Stefanie Brand, director of the Division of Rate Counsel, would be part of a proceeding to determine if the plants should be handed a subsidy. The bill appears to exclude Brand, who is supposed to represent ratepayers in utility cases.

Still, Brand acknowledged the ratepayer is going to face significant increases. “There’s no question that the two bills, plus other things we are doing, are going to have a tremendous impact on rates,’’ she said. “Affordability has to be a top priority as we move go forward and work at all these things.’’

Yeah, that about sums it up, not to mention the solar farm where the signing took place is a 100-acre facility that will only produce enough electricity for 3,000 homes (serving all of New Jersey would demand 107,000 acres at that rate) and still require subsidized nuclear or unsubsidized natural gas backup and even this wasn’t enough pandering for professional protesters such as Jeff Titell who doesn’t want other special interests such as nuclear feeding at the same public trough as his renewables.