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Windforce meet comes after PSC application

Fresh from beginning the formal application process with the West Virginia Public Service Commission, US WindForce will meet tonight with area residents as part of its ongoing public outreach efforts on the Pinnacle Wind Farm near Keyser. The Community Advisory Panel for the Pinnacle project will meet at 6 p.m. at the WindLea Conference and Banquet Center. The meeting is open to the public.

KEYSER - Fresh from beginning the formal application process with the West Virginia Public Service Commission, US WindForce will meet tonight with area residents as part of its ongoing public outreach efforts on the Pinnacle Wind Farm near Keyser.

The Community Advisory Panel for the Pinnacle project will meet at 6 p.m. at the WindLea Conference and Banquet Center. The meeting is open to the public.

On Friday US WindForce filed a 30-day Notice of Intent with the PSC, beginning the process necessary to obtain a siting certificate for the proposed Mineral County project. The notice launches a PSC review process that is expected to last nearly a year.

The Pinnacle Wind Farm project is comprised of 23 wind turbines that will generate 55 megawatts of energy - 169 million kilowatt hours annually. Company officials say that translates to enough power for over $14,000 households each year.

The project cost is estimated at $120 million. WindForce says the Pinnacle project will generate $373,000 a year in property taxes.

Project opponents question both the figures for tax revenue and for the
amount of power that will be generated, saying the company inflates both numbers.... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

KEYSER - Fresh from beginning the formal application process with the West Virginia Public Service Commission, US WindForce will meet tonight with area residents as part of its ongoing public outreach efforts on the Pinnacle Wind Farm near Keyser.

The Community Advisory Panel for the Pinnacle project will meet at 6 p.m. at the WindLea Conference and Banquet Center. The meeting is open to the public.

On Friday US WindForce filed a 30-day Notice of Intent with the PSC, beginning the process necessary to obtain a siting certificate for the proposed Mineral County project. The notice launches a PSC review process that is expected to last nearly a year.

The Pinnacle Wind Farm project is comprised of 23 wind turbines that will generate 55 megawatts of energy - 169 million kilowatt hours annually. Company officials say that translates to enough power for over $14,000 households each year.

The project cost is estimated at $120 million. WindForce says the Pinnacle project will generate $373,000 a year in property taxes.

Project opponents question both the figures for tax revenue and for the
amount of power that will be generated, saying the company inflates both numbers.

In addition to property taxes, WindForce has pledged to establish a community benefit fund of $50,000, with annual contributions of $20,000 for the life of the project.

Part of the discussion at recent advisory panel meetings has revolved around how to set up the fund and disburse money to community projects.

Recent meetings of the advisory panel have featured comment from citizens both for and against the project, including union members who support the estimated 200 jobs that will be created in erecting the turbines, as well as the six permanent jobs maintaining them. In addition to questioning revenue and power-generation numbers, opponents cite concerns about the impact on wildlife and aesthetic mountain views.

Besides the Pinnacle Wind Farm, which would rise just west of Keyser on Green Mountain, US WindForce is also in the permitting stage for 25-turbine array to be sited on Dan's Mountain near Interstate 68 in Allegany County, Md.

And in Grant County, AES energy company is seeking approval for a wind farm on New Creek Mountain, near the Saddle.


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FEB 2 2009
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