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Several wind farm projects in the works - Company based in Pennsylvania eyes Savage Mountain

MCHENRY - Although the mountain tops of Western Maryland are currently “turbineless,” plans for several wind farm projects are in various stages of development.U.S. Windforce, a Pennsylvania-based company, has a number of projects in the works.

Construction of the 24-turbine, 40-megawatt wind farm atop Savage Mountain is expected to begin in the spring of 2007, according to U.S. Windforce Vice President of Operations Joe Trainor Sr. A coal mine reclamation project is taking place at the Savage Mountain site; after the completion of the reclamation in the spring of 2006, U.S. Windforce will begin extensive soil testing, explained Trainor.

U.S. Windforce has not yet sought the Maryland Public Service Commission's approval of a proposed wind farm atop Dan's Mountain; the project would include between 23 and 25 turbines that would generate approximately 50 megawatts, said Trainor. Environmental impact studies at the Dan's Mountain site are being conducted, he said.

Another U.S. Windforce project in Mount Storm, W.Va., has received approval from the West Virginia Public Service Commission, and construction is expected to begin in 2007, according to Trainor. The exact number of turbines has not yet been determined, but Trainor said the project should not exceed 91 turbines.

All combined, the three U.S. Windforce projects will generate enough electricity to power approximately 72,000 homes, said Trainor.

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Construction of the 24-turbine, 40-megawatt wind farm atop Savage Mountain is expected to begin in the spring of 2007, according to U.S. Windforce Vice President of Operations Joe Trainor Sr. A coal mine reclamation project is taking place at the Savage Mountain site; after the completion of the reclamation in the spring of 2006, U.S. Windforce will begin extensive soil testing, explained Trainor.

U.S. Windforce has not yet sought the Maryland Public Service Commission's approval of a proposed wind farm atop Dan's Mountain; the project would include between 23 and 25 turbines that would generate approximately 50 megawatts, said Trainor. Environmental impact studies at the Dan's Mountain site are being conducted, he said.

Another U.S. Windforce project in Mount Storm, W.Va., has received approval from the West Virginia Public Service Commission, and construction is expected to begin in 2007, according to Trainor. The exact number of turbines has not yet been determined, but Trainor said the project should not exceed 91 turbines.

All combined, the three U.S. Windforce projects will generate enough electricity to power approximately 72,000 homes, said Trainor.

The Maryland Public Service Commission has not yet reached a decision about issuing Synergics Wind Energy LLC of Annapolis a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for its proposed 17-turbine wind energy project atop Backbone Mountain.

Clipper Windpower, a California-based company, is expected to begin construction of a 40-turbine wind farm atop Backbone Mountain in 2006, according to Jim Hinebaugh, Garrett County director of economic development.

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JAN 3 2006
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