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Laurel Ridge windmill project will not move forward, officials say

Rep. Frank Burns confirmed in a letter to the Johnstown Water Authority that Competitive Power Ventures has withdrawn its plan to build 12 wind turbines in Upper Yoder Township. (WJAC)

Rep. Frank Burns confirmed in a letter to the Johnstown Water Authority that Competitive Power Ventures has withdrawn its plan to build 12 wind turbines in Upper Yoder Township.

Burns said in the letter that he met Wednesday with representatives from CPV who told him the company will no longer pursue the Laurel Ridge windmill project.


He wrote:

I am pleased to hear that CVP listened to the voices of our community that were strongly opposed to windmills on the Laurel Ridge.

The windmill project sparked controversy back in November when word spread that the company was eyeing Laurel Ridge for as many as 12 wind turbines.

The Greater Johnstown Water Authority reportedly agreed to rent out its land on the ridge. They were hoping to collect up to $250,000 per year to help pay loans towards more than $20 million worth of dam improvement projects.

This was followed by a Facebook group being created called “Save Laurel Ridge.”


"My initial reaction is one of absolute overwhelming joy," said Dan Miller, how created the group. "You always say you don't know what you have until it's gone and we almost lost it."

At a board meeting Thursday with the Johnstown Water Authority, officials said the lease will be returned and the project will not proceed.

"When you look at the Water Authority's ability to generate revenue you have to include raising rates, not very popular," said Don Hall, Chairman. "You have to look at alternate sources of revenue."

Burns said he will talk to lawmakers in Harrisburg about helping the Water Authority get more money from the state.

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