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Mineral County wind farm project advancing

US Wind Force says its subsidiary, Pinnacle Wind Force LLC, is moving forward with plans to construct a 23-trubine wind farm in Mineral County. The Wexford, Pa.-based company said Friday it has filed a 30-day notice of intent with the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The notice is nesessary to obtain a siting certificate from the PSC. ...

KEYSER, W.Va. - US Wind Force says its subsidiary, Pinnacle Wind Force LLC, is moving forward with plans to construct a 23-trubine wind farm in Mineral County.

The Wexford, Pa.-based company said Friday it has filed a 30-day notice of intent with the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The notice is nesessary to obtain a siting certificate from the PSC.

"At a time when the costs of all energy resources are soaring, the project will make a positive contribution to the local community, its economy and the nation," David McAnally, US Wind Force Chairman and CEO, said in a press release.

The "Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage" project would include 23 turbines on Green Mountain near Keyser, which US Wind Force estimates will generate 55 megawatts of energy, enough power for more than 14,000 households.

Six of the turbines would be located on the NewPage property adjacent to the Luke facility.

"NewPage is proud to partner strategically with US Wind Force, especially during a time when our country is facing significant energy challenges," David Bonistall, vice president of environment, health and safety for NewPage, said in the release. "This partnership is an example of our commitment to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

KEYSER, W.Va. - US Wind Force says its subsidiary, Pinnacle Wind Force LLC, is moving forward with plans to construct a 23-trubine wind farm in Mineral County.

The Wexford, Pa.-based company said Friday it has filed a 30-day notice of intent with the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The notice is nesessary to obtain a siting certificate from the PSC.

"At a time when the costs of all energy resources are soaring, the project will make a positive contribution to the local community, its economy and the nation," David McAnally, US Wind Force Chairman and CEO, said in a press release.

The "Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage" project would include 23 turbines on Green Mountain near Keyser, which US Wind Force estimates will generate 55 megawatts of energy, enough power for more than 14,000 households.

Six of the turbines would be located on the NewPage property adjacent to the Luke facility.

"NewPage is proud to partner strategically with US Wind Force, especially during a time when our country is facing significant energy challenges," David Bonistall, vice president of environment, health and safety for NewPage, said in the release. "This partnership is an example of our commitment to support the growth of sustainable energy and is consistent with our goal to continuously explore renewable energy opportunities for our facilities."

At a January Community Advisory Panel meeting, Jim Cookman, vice president of project development for US Wind Force, said there is a period of 30 days of public notice of the company's intent to file, which was announced on Friday. This is followed by a 300-day process for the siting certificate.

Dave Friend, vice president for sales and marketing, added at that meeting that the PSC usually takes every one of those 300 days before announcing whether it will award the certificate.

The project's cost is estimated at $120 million. US Wind Force also anticipates that property taxes will be approximately $373,000 annually, an amount which would make it one of the county's top taxpayers.

However, there has been some discussion at the Mineral County level as to whether this could be a reality, as the county can only tax a percentage of the estimated value of the project.

At the January meeting of the planning commission, member Kolin Jan said he had seen situations where a county had been promised $300,000 a year from a wind power company, but received only $300. After that, the county received only $45,000 each year following.

The company has also established the community advisory panel, where representatives from the community and local government have been selected to discuss the project as well as a community benefit fund with company representatives. The fund would provide "locally controlled financial resources for community projects," according to the company.

The advisory panel will be meeting on Monday at the Wind Lea Banquet and Conference Center in Keyser at 6 p.m.


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JAN 31 2009
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