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New wind farm now online

A fourth wind farm is now producing energy in Somerset County. The 23-turbine Casselman Wind Project, located on a 165-acre site that stretches across Summit, Black and Addison townships, is fully operational and generating 35 megawatts of electricity, said Jan Johnson, spokeswoman for the site's developer, PPM Energy of Oregon.

A fourth wind farm is now producing energy in Somerset County.

The 23-turbine Casselman Wind Project, located on a 165-acre site that stretches across Summit, Black and Addison townships, is fully operational and generating 35 megawatts of electricity, said Jan Johnson, spokeswoman for the site's developer, PPM Energy of Oregon.

"We're pretty much meeting the energy needs of 10,000 homes," Johnson said.

It is the largest of any of the county's wind farms, with three more turbines than the Meyersdale Wind Power Project. Most of the windmills are located along Rockdale Road and eight have been built on a reclaimed strip mine, an aspect of the development that makes PPM Energy proud, Johnson said.

To develop the site, PPM Energy negotiated easements with eight landowners, agreeing to pay them $18,000 to $37,000 annually. The payments are based in part on how much energy the turbines generate, she said.

First Energy Corp. of Akron, Ohio, the company that owns local electric provide Penelec, has agreed to buy the enrgy the wind farm makes. The turbines are producing enough electric to power 10,000 households, Johnson said.

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A fourth wind farm is now producing energy in Somerset County.

The 23-turbine Casselman Wind Project, located on a 165-acre site that stretches across Summit, Black and Addison townships, is fully operational and generating 35 megawatts of electricity, said Jan Johnson, spokeswoman for the site's developer, PPM Energy of Oregon.

"We're pretty much meeting the energy needs of 10,000 homes," Johnson said.

It is the largest of any of the county's wind farms, with three more turbines than the Meyersdale Wind Power Project. Most of the windmills are located along Rockdale Road and eight have been built on a reclaimed strip mine, an aspect of the development that makes PPM Energy proud, Johnson said.

To develop the site, PPM Energy negotiated easements with eight landowners, agreeing to pay them $18,000 to $37,000 annually. The payments are based in part on how much energy the turbines generate, she said.

First Energy Corp. of Akron, Ohio, the company that owns local electric provide Penelec, has agreed to buy the enrgy the wind farm makes. The turbines are producing enough electric to power 10,000 households, Johnson said.

Counting the power from the Casselman project, First Energy now distributes 200 to 225 megawatts of wind energy, First Energy spokesman Scott Surgeoner said. In all, the company controls 14,000 megawatts of electric.

"It is renewable, it is clean. It's a worthwhile investment for Pennsylvania," Surgeoner said.

The turbines have a total assessed value of $568,650, Somerset County Assessor Jane Rizzo said.

The county, three school districts and three townships will all be receiving property tax payments from PPM Energy. Meyersdale Area School District stands to reap the most, with an expected payment of $9,078. Rockwood Area School District will make $1,828 and Turkeyfoot Valley School District will get $903.

Summit Township will get $1,105, Black Township $126 and Addison $148. Somerset County will receive a tax payment of $5,160.

Construction of the windmills ended on New Year's Eve. An average of 75 workers were employed at the site, with 150 working at the peak of construction.

Two more wind farms are soon expected to go online in the county. The Edison Mission Group hopes to have the Forward Wind Project in Shade Township and Lookout Wind Project in Northampton Township functioning by this spring. 


Source: http://www.dailyamerican.co...

FEB 2 2008
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