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WindForce meeting Monday

US WindForce will host a public meeting Monday evening at the Wind Lea Banquet and Conference Center as part of the company's ongoing efforts to keep the public abreast of its Pinnacle Wind Farm project near Keyser, with environmental issues again the focus of discussion.

KEYSER - US WindForce will host a public meeting Monday evening at the Wind Lea Banquet and Conference Center as part of the company's ongoing efforts to keep the public abreast of its Pinnacle Wind Farm project near Keyser, with environmental issues again the focus of discussion.

The 6 p.m. meeting of the Community Advisory Panel will be the first since WindForce formally made application to the West Virginia Public Service Commission for approval of its 23-turbine project atop Green Mountain, just west of Keyser. The voluminous application sets in motion a 300-day PSC review process that company officials have said will include a public hearing in the Keyser area.

WindForce has been holding public meetings every month since last spring to update residents on the development process, and detail various aspects of the $131 million project. Monday's meeting will feature a return visit by Jennie Henthorn of Henthorn Environmental Consultants, who will address environmental issues.

"Now that the application has been filed, she'll be reviewing what's in the application" regarding environmental issues, including avian and bat studies, said Mary Green of Ann Green Communications, a... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

KEYSER - US WindForce will host a public meeting Monday evening at the Wind Lea Banquet and Conference Center as part of the company's ongoing efforts to keep the public abreast of its Pinnacle Wind Farm project near Keyser, with environmental issues again the focus of discussion.

The 6 p.m. meeting of the Community Advisory Panel will be the first since WindForce formally made application to the West Virginia Public Service Commission for approval of its 23-turbine project atop Green Mountain, just west of Keyser. The voluminous application sets in motion a 300-day PSC review process that company officials have said will include a public hearing in the Keyser area.

WindForce has been holding public meetings every month since last spring to update residents on the development process, and detail various aspects of the $131 million project. Monday's meeting will feature a return visit by Jennie Henthorn of Henthorn Environmental Consultants, who will address environmental issues.

"Now that the application has been filed, she'll be reviewing what's in the application" regarding environmental issues, including avian and bat studies, said Mary Green of Ann Green Communications, a Charleston public relations firm that coordinates Community Advisory Panel meetings for WindForce.

Henthorn had attended a panel meeting last fall at the New Creek Volunteer Fire Department, reviewing some of the in-depth studies that evaluated the project's impact on wildlife and other environmental impacts. Her presentation Monday will focus on that aspect of the filing with the PSC.

WindForce has provided a copy of the PSC application to the Keyser Library, where a staff member said Friday "It's here in a BIG binder." Company officials said the application is also available in hard-copy form at the Elk Garden Community School and the Piedmont Public Library.

The fruit of more than two years' study, the application is also available for public review online at the PSC's Web site or, more readily, at the US WindForce Web site, www.uswindforce.com.

A toll-free project line, 1-866-929-4429, is also available for anyone with questions about the project.

According to company officials, the Pinnacle Wind Farm will generate an estimated 55 megawatts of energy, or 169 million kilowatt hours annually. That translates to enough power for more than 14,000 households per year.
WindForce says the Pinnacle project, which is being mounted in cooperation with the NewPage paper mill, will generate $373,000 a year in property taxes.

Project opponents question both the figures for tax revenue and for the 
amount of power that will be generated, saying the company inflates both numbers.

In addition to property taxes, WindForce has pledged to establish a community benefit fund of $50,000, with annual contributions of $20,000 for the life of the project.


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APR 5 2009
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