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Wind farm meeting is moved to fall

The West Virginia Public Service commission has rejected a staff-proposed June hearing on the Pinnacle Wind Farm near Keyser in favor of a September hearing to include a tour of the site. The $131 million, 23-turbine wind farm on Green Mountain just west of Keyser is currently under review by the PSC, which must act on the application by early January.

Keyser, W.Va. - KEYSER - The West Virginia Public Service commission has rejected a staff-proposed June hearing on the Pinnacle Wind Farm near Keyser in favor of a September hearing to include a tour of the site.

The $131 million, 23-turbine wind farm on Green Mountain just west of Keyser is currently under review by the PSC, which must act on the application by early January. As part of its review, the PSC will conduct one local hearing on the project.

PSC staff had proposed that the hearing be held by July 1. However, meeting last Thursday, the commission opted instead for a fall date, with the hearing now set for Sept. 24 or 25.

The PSC, which is based in Charleston, plans a two-day visit to conduct the hearing and tour the Pinnacle site. It remains unclear whether the tour will be conducted first, or the hearing.

In addition, the commission also moved back its evidentiary hearing on the project, which was set to begin Oct. 5 in Charleston. Because of a scheduling conflict, that hearing will now take place beginning Oct. 19 "and continuing daily until Friday, Oct. 23 if necessary," according to the PSC Web site.

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Keyser, W.Va. - KEYSER - The West Virginia Public Service commission has rejected a staff-proposed June hearing on the Pinnacle Wind Farm near Keyser in favor of a September hearing to include a tour of the site.

The $131 million, 23-turbine wind farm on Green Mountain just west of Keyser is currently under review by the PSC, which must act on the application by early January. As part of its review, the PSC will conduct one local hearing on the project.

PSC staff had proposed that the hearing be held by July 1. However, meeting last Thursday, the commission opted instead for a fall date, with the hearing now set for Sept. 24 or 25.

The PSC, which is based in Charleston, plans a two-day visit to conduct the hearing and tour the Pinnacle site. It remains unclear whether the tour will be conducted first, or the hearing.

In addition, the commission also moved back its evidentiary hearing on the project, which was set to begin Oct. 5 in Charleston. Because of a scheduling conflict, that hearing will now take place beginning Oct. 19 "and continuing daily until Friday, Oct. 23 if necessary," according to the PSC Web site.

David Friend, vice president of sales and marketing for U.S. WindForce, which is developing the Pinnacle project, said that work on the wind farm could begin next spring if the wind farm is approved by the PSC. Construction would take about nine months.

"We would hope to break ground in the spring and have it online by the end of the year in 2010," he said.


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JUN 7 2009
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