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PSC approves Garrett County wind energy project

The Public Service Commission conditionally approved a wind energy project in Garrett County Wednesday, the third expedited application it has moved forward. Synergics Roth Rock Wind Energy LLC and Synergics Wind Energy LLC plan to build a 20-turbine facility on Backbone Mountain, generating 50 megawatts of power.

The Public Service Commission conditionally approved a wind energy project in Garrett County Wednesday, the third expedited application it has moved forward.

Synergics Roth Rock Wind Energy LLC and Synergics Wind Energy LLC plan to build a 20-turbine facility on Backbone Mountain, generating 50 megawatts of power.

The PSC's ruling requires the company to keep the power grid safe and reliable, meet international standards for building turbines and file a new road plan with the Garrett County Office of Inspections and Permits to avoid crossing the property of an intervener to the case.

Maryland passed a law in 2007 exempting wind developers from obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity, the state's approval needed to build any type of generation facility, if the developers met certain conditions.

In order to qualify for exemption, projects must produce fewer than 70 megawatts of power a year, cause no harm to the electricity grid and developers must notify the PSC two weeks before they export power. One megawatt of wind energy powers about 1,000 homes for a year.

Maryland's law was meant to encourage speedier construction of renewable energy in the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Public Service Commission conditionally approved a wind energy project in Garrett County Wednesday, the third expedited application it has moved forward.

Synergics Roth Rock Wind Energy LLC and Synergics Wind Energy LLC plan to build a 20-turbine facility on Backbone Mountain, generating 50 megawatts of power.

The PSC's ruling requires the company to keep the power grid safe and reliable, meet international standards for building turbines and file a new road plan with the Garrett County Office of Inspections and Permits to avoid crossing the property of an intervener to the case.

Maryland passed a law in 2007 exempting wind developers from obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity, the state's approval needed to build any type of generation facility, if the developers met certain conditions.

In order to qualify for exemption, projects must produce fewer than 70 megawatts of power a year, cause no harm to the electricity grid and developers must notify the PSC two weeks before they export power. One megawatt of wind energy powers about 1,000 homes for a year.

Maryland's law was meant to encourage speedier construction of renewable energy in the state, but no wind projects have gone up yet. One wind project approved this year on Dan's Mountain, will likely not be built as the PSC approved it because of laws in Allegany County that require the project to be pushed back from homes and historic sites.

Clipper Windpower, which won approval to build 28 turbines on Backbone Mountain, has not been built. In October, Frank Maisano, a spokesman for wind energy developers in the Mid Atlantic region, said Clipper is expected to begin construction next year.


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NOV 18 2009
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