US gives $100M in 'recovery' funds to PA wind investors

The U.S. Treasury and Energy departments today announced they're giving half a billion dollars in "cash assistance" to solar, "biomass" and wind-powered electric generators at 12 sites from Connecticut to Oregon. Two are local, though owned by capitalists from out of town:

- Locust Ridge II, Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, gets $59 million for its electric wind farm in a former coal mining district. It's owned by Iberdola Renewables Inc., which has an office in Chesterbrook and also owns Community Energy Inc. of Radnor.

- Highland Wind Project, Salix, Cambria County, gets $42 million. Highland is owned by EverPower Renewables Corp., New York.