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CPV announces energy center to be built in Jackson Township newspapers

Vol. 94 No. 24


By Amanda Petrunak and Megan Riner of Mainline Newspapers

Big things are coming to Jackson Township — a 25-acre, 980-megawatt energy center, to be precise. Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) went public, Thursday, June 4, with the tentative plans for the Fairview Energy Center to be located on the Yurasek/Salvage Heaven property along William Penn Highway, north of Vinco. With projects all over the country, CPV is an electrical generation company with three different aspects: thermal plants which burn natural gas because of the environmental characteristics such as much less emissions; renewable energy in the form of windfarms; and asset management. CPV is one of the largest

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asset managers in the country, believing that running facilities is key to building better facilities. Michael Resca, the project developer and vice president of CPV, said that they reached out to the Pennsylvania community because of the state’s abundance of natural gas at competitive prices. They looked at many sites, taking into account proximity of the fuel source and cooling water supply. “We came to Jackson Township about a year ago and worked with the board of supervisors to site a project with the township that made sense, not only from a project development standpoint, but from a community standpoint,” Resca said. They settled on the Yurasek/Salvage Heaven location because of the 500 KV

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power line that runs through the area, the TETCO interstate gas transmission line located one mile north of the site, and the source of the Cambria Somerset Authority Quemahoning Reservoir for cooling water eight miles away. Steven Sullivan, managing director for the project, explained the four components needed to successfully operate the energy center: fuel in the way of the nearby natural gas lines, water to initiate the cooling process, access to the transmission grid to distribute the product, “and the fourth and most important thing is a community that is interested in having one of these facilities.” “It’s not always that easy to find the confluence of those four factors. In fact it’s very challenging, and this is a great site as far as all those things

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coming together,” Sullivan remarked. The proposed energy center is a state-of-the-art, 980megawatt, natural gas powered, two-on-one combined-cylce electric generating facility. Sullivan broke down those two terms — two-on-one and combined cycle — explaining how they create a more efficient plant. “In the old days, they used to just burn gas in a turbine, a gas turbine, and then you would exhaust the exhaust gas on the stack, Sullivan elaborated. “People realized that was a lot of wasted energy, so what they started doing was taking that exhaust gas and running it over pipes that are very similar to the radiator in your car, we call it a HRSG — heat recovery steam generator — that superheats the water in the pipes to 1300

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degrees, and then we can use that 1300 degree high pressure steam to run a steam turbine. So for every BTU (British Thermal Unit) of natural gas that we put into this facility we’re getting a double bite on that.” He said this process increases the efficiency of the power plant almost three times, jumping from 23/24 percent efficiency to 60 percent efficiency, meaning less emissions and less fuel needed to be used to create the same amount of electricity. With one megawatt powering about 1,000 homes, the Fairview Energy Center should power about 900,000 average homes. Sullivan also noted that on a regional basis, they would be reducing emissions. “This is going to be state-of-the-art, one

Historical Society plans summer events


By Allison Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

The Presidential Awards for Outstanding Academic Excellence (gold and silver seals, and pin) and the Senator Wozniak’s Good Citizenship Awards were presented to fifth-grade students. Photo by Allison Garver.

Jackson Elem. holds awards program By Allison Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

The Jackson Elementary cafeteria was full to the brim with excited students and proud parents on Monday, June 8. The last day of school usually brings about the feeling of saying good-bye to friends and teachers, and preparing for a long summer break. Each year the “End of Year Awards” ceremony takes place on the final half-day of school. All of the students file into the cafeteria and wait to see if their names will be called to receive an award. Principal Tricia Murin opened the ceremony by

thanking all of the parents for sharing this special day with their children. Mrs. Murin is very proud of her school and said, “Everybody worked so hard and we have many accomplishments.” This awards ceremony rewards hard work for sitting in a classroom five days a week for nine months. Mrs. Murin said that the students have grown so much over the past year and asked them what they learned. Some of the answers included decimals, writing poems, and how wrong bullying is. After Mrs. Murin spoke about the perseverance of her students, she turned the stage over to the Jackson

It is no easy task to keep volunteer-based organizations running. Less and less people are becoming involved with local societies, which makes it difficult to plan events for fundraising purposes. The members, as well as volunteers, at the Nanty Glo Historical Society have been hard at work trying to come up with different and exciting ways to raise money for the continuing project of the Liberty Museum. Currently, the society has its Fifth Annual Meat Raffle tickets out in circulation. The ticket costs $2 and will go off in August. If you have the winning ticket, you will win four bundles of meat from Smithmyer’s in Loretto. Tickets can be purchased at the Nanty Glo Liberty Cafe. The first fundraising event that the society has planned is an Ethnic Dinner smorgasboard. On Sunday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the buffet style dinner will be laid out. The meal will take place at the Liberty Cafe and will cost $8 for adults, $6 for children, and kids ages five and under will be free. The dinner will consist of foods such as haluski, halupki, and creamy cucumber salad, as well as many other Hungarian inspired dishes. Looking ahead to July, the Annual Coats for Kids Bike Run will take place on Saturday, July 25. The sign-ups to participate in the bike run will begin at 11 am, with the run beginning promptly at 1 p.m. along with a spaghetti dinner that will be open to the public. SEE EVENTS, PAGE 4A

Jackson Township supervisors hope plant will boost economy

By Amanda Petrunak and Megan Riner of Mainline Newspapers

On Thursday, June 4, Competitive Power Ventures Inc. (CPV) announced that construction of a new energy center will

take place in Jackson Township, north of Vinco along William Penn Highway. The 87-acre location is located on the Yurasek / Salvage Heaven property. The facility itself will be constructed in 2017 and will be operational in 2019. CPV is currently working with the community to help make the process run as smoothly as possible. Before acquiring land in Jackson Township, CPV considered other locations that ultimately did not work out. Already zoned as an industrial area, the Yurasek /


Salvage Heaven property offered a convenient location near an established natural gas line, a 500 KV circuit, and cooling water from the Cambria Somerset Authority. “We were approached by CPV roughly a year ago and we are very fortunate,” said Jackson Township supervisor John Wallet. “It’s going to be a great asset for the community, increasing jobs and tax revenue.” Fellow supervisor Bruce Baker SEE ECONOMY, PAGE 3A

Marty “Doc” Sebetich and Janet Toth show off the new showcases in the second-floor room. The room will feature old toys, Barbie dolls, and a train display. Photo by Allison Garver.

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