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PSC decision on turbines coming today

e West Virginia Public Service Commission is expected to reach a decision today on whether to grant AES' siting permit to construct up to 65 wind turbines on the Laurel Mountain ridge between Barbour and Randolph counties. ...The PSC has been considering all of the written evidence and testimony in order to arrive at a decision in the case. Today is the final day in the statutorily imposed 300-day process for the PSC to make a decision.

The West Virginia Public Service Commission is expected to reach a decision today on whether to grant AES' siting permit to construct up to 65 wind turbines on the Laurel Mountain ridge between Barbour and Randolph counties.

Evidentiary hearings for the AES Laurel Mountain wind project were conducted before the PSC during the first week in August. Since that time, the PSC has been considering all of the written evidence and testimony in order to arrive at a decision in the case. Today is the final day in the statutorily imposed 300-day process for the PSC to make a decision.

Scores of area residents have spoken out against the project saying it would mar the mountainous scenery and interfere with wildlife.

AES Laurel Mountain Project Director Barry Sweitzer said the company is anxiously awaiting the ruling, which he believes will be favorable to the company.

"We are expecting a decision approving the project which is certainly a positive given the increased demand for energy from renewable sources," Sweitzer said.

"Also, given today's economic difficulties and increasing news of unemployment, the project will provide much-needed jobs at a time when the overall economy is... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The West Virginia Public Service Commission is expected to reach a decision today on whether to grant AES' siting permit to construct up to 65 wind turbines on the Laurel Mountain ridge between Barbour and Randolph counties.

Evidentiary hearings for the AES Laurel Mountain wind project were conducted before the PSC during the first week in August. Since that time, the PSC has been considering all of the written evidence and testimony in order to arrive at a decision in the case. Today is the final day in the statutorily imposed 300-day process for the PSC to make a decision.

Scores of area residents have spoken out against the project saying it would mar the mountainous scenery and interfere with wildlife.

AES Laurel Mountain Project Director Barry Sweitzer said the company is anxiously awaiting the ruling, which he believes will be favorable to the company.

"We are expecting a decision approving the project which is certainly a positive given the increased demand for energy from renewable sources," Sweitzer said.

"Also, given today's economic difficulties and increasing news of unemployment, the project will provide much-needed jobs at a time when the overall economy is struggling," he said. "The project will also provide significant tax revenues to Randolph and Barbour counties in a time that other sources of tax revenues might be reduced."

According to Sarah Robertson, public relations officer for the PSC, the ruling will be issued today.

She said the commission and law clerk are working on the order and a notification will be issued.

"We cannot comment until the ruling is issued."


Source: http://www.theintermountain...

NOV 26 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/18085-psc-decision-on-turbines-coming-today
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