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Panel won't conduct meeting in May

The Community Advisory Panel for the proposed Pinnacle Wind Farm near Keyser will not conduct its regular monthly meeting, with panel members instead slated to tour a Pennsylvania wind farm later this month. The wind farm tour, which is limited to members of the panel, is scheduled for May 18.

KEYSER - The Community Advisory Panel for the proposed Pinnacle Wind Farm near Keyser will not conduct its regular monthly meeting, with panel members instead slated to tour a Pennsylvania wind farm later this month.

The wind farm tour, which is limited to members of the panel, is scheduled for May 18, with plans calling for the group to visit a wind farm within an hour's drive from Keyser.

"We just want to give people the opportunity to view a turbine up close and personal," said Mary Green of Charleston-based Ann Green Communications, which organizes the monthly panel meetings.

Normally the advisory panel meets the first Monday of the month with representatives of the project developer, US WindForce. Experts brief panel members on various aspects of the project, and updates are provided on the status of the company's application with the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The tour will substitute for the May meeting.

Proposed for the ridge line atop Green Mountain, just west of Keyser, the Pinnacle Wind Farm is a 23-turbine, $130 million project being developed by US WindForce in cooperation with the NewPage paper-manufacturing company.

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KEYSER - The Community Advisory Panel for the proposed Pinnacle Wind Farm near Keyser will not conduct its regular monthly meeting, with panel members instead slated to tour a Pennsylvania wind farm later this month.

The wind farm tour, which is limited to members of the panel, is scheduled for May 18, with plans calling for the group to visit a wind farm within an hour's drive from Keyser.

"We just want to give people the opportunity to view a turbine up close and personal," said Mary Green of Charleston-based Ann Green Communications, which organizes the monthly panel meetings.

Normally the advisory panel meets the first Monday of the month with representatives of the project developer, US WindForce. Experts brief panel members on various aspects of the project, and updates are provided on the status of the company's application with the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The tour will substitute for the May meeting.

Proposed for the ridge line atop Green Mountain, just west of Keyser, the Pinnacle Wind Farm is a 23-turbine, $130 million project being developed by US WindForce in cooperation with the NewPage paper-manufacturing company.

According to company officials, Pinnacle 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 project will generate $373,000 a year in property taxes. In addition, the company has pledged to establish a community benefit fund of $50,000, with annual contributions of $20,000 for the life of the project.

Green said details are still being worked out for the wind farm tour, with the group expected to visit one of two Pennsylvania wind farms located within 10 miles of each other, about 50 minutes from Keyser. Panel members will be advised of the details when they are available.

No meeting has yet been scheduled for June. "We're taking it one month at a time," Green said.


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MAY 6 2009
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