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County refusing wind energy permits

Allegany County government is refusing to accept any permit related to industrial wind energy facilities until the state Public Service Commission determines the fate of a project atop Dan's Mountain. The PSC conducted a public hearing Jan. 21 at Frostburg State University to gather public input on a U.S. Wind Force project ...Judge Joel M. Bright, chief hearing examiner for the commission, said the issue at hand was whether "the safety and reliability of the grid system is not jeopardized" by the project.

CUMBERLAND - Allegany County government is refusing to accept any permit related to industrial wind energy facilities until the state Public Service Commission determines the fate of a project atop Dan's Mountain.

The PSC conducted a public hearing Jan. 21 at Frostburg State University to gather public input on a U.S. Wind Force project that could see the construction of up to 29 wind turbines. The hearing addressed whether to grant or deny a request by Dan's Mountain Wind Force LLC, a subsidiary of U.S. Wind Force, for an exemption from obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

Judge Joel M. Bright, chief hearing examiner for the commission, said the issue at hand was whether "the safety and reliability of the grid system is not jeopardized" by the project. If not, the project would qualify for an exemption of the full regulatory review process. Bright noted that the PSC's ruling, yet to be released, does not override or supersede local zoning restrictions.

But Jim Squires, chief of the county Permits and Enforcement Division, said staff has been ordered not to accept additional permit applications "until this stuff's resolved."

Squires said Dan's Mountain Wind Force LLC... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

CUMBERLAND - Allegany County government is refusing to accept any permit related to industrial wind energy facilities until the state Public Service Commission determines the fate of a project atop Dan's Mountain.

The PSC conducted a public hearing Jan. 21 at Frostburg State University to gather public input on a U.S. Wind Force project that could see the construction of up to 29 wind turbines. The hearing addressed whether to grant or deny a request by Dan's Mountain Wind Force LLC, a subsidiary of U.S. Wind Force, for an exemption from obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

Judge Joel M. Bright, chief hearing examiner for the commission, said the issue at hand was whether "the safety and reliability of the grid system is not jeopardized" by the project. If not, the project would qualify for an exemption of the full regulatory review process. Bright noted that the PSC's ruling, yet to be released, does not override or supersede local zoning restrictions.

But Jim Squires, chief of the county Permits and Enforcement Division, said staff has been ordered not to accept additional permit applications "until this stuff's resolved."

Squires said Dan's Mountain Wind Force LLC has attempted to submit one or more applications since a grading permit was issued in July 2008. Squires refused to accept the application.

County Planning Coordinator Phil Hager said the PSC's ruling "could result in any number of things" and the outcome could impact the county's ongoing efforts to implement text amendments to the zoning code which would regulate industrial and residential wind energy devices.


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FEB 27 2009
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