Permits have been issued for construction of what will be the largest windfarm in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the eastern United States.CARBONDALE TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania (US) 2002-02-06 [SolarAccess.com] The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a water quality permit allowing construction of the Waymart windfarm in Canaan and Clinton townships, Wayne County. The US$60 million project will involve up to 47 turbines in two separate properties on 858 acres divided by a road. “Pennsylvania is a national leader in the development of renewable and green-power sources because of our successful electric deregulation program,” says DEP secretary David Hess. The 60 MW facility will be operated by National Wind Power of Oakland, California, which has agreed to establish a unique partnership with DEP and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources to protect ecologically sensitive areas near the project. The company has also committed $100,000 over seven years to buy and preserve environmentally important land around the projects. Pennsylvania now has 94 MW of generating capacity in windfarms in Fayette, Somerset and Wayne counties. Since the electricity sector was deregulated in 1996, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission says $4 billion has been saved by consumers in the state, and it claims that 120,000 residents use greener forms of power, more than any other state.