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Turbine hearing set for early fall

With support for the proposed Pinnacle Wind Farm growing - at least as measured by the volume of letters sent to the West Virginia Public Service Commission - the PSC has established the time and place for the fall hearing on the proposed 23-turbine wind farm just west of Keyser.

KEYSER - With support for the proposed Pinnacle Wind Farm growing - at least as measured by the volume of letters sent to the West Virginia Public Service Commission - the PSC has established the time and place for the fall hearing on the proposed 23-turbine wind farm just west of Keyser.

The Public Service Commission will hold afternoon and evening hearings at the Mineral County Courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 24. The first hearing will be conducted at 2 p.m., with a second hearing set for 7 p.m.

As part of its public notice announcing the hearing date, the PSC also announced that it will conduct a tour of the Pinnacle site the following day, Sept. 25.

The Keyser hearing, which is expected to occur before the three-member Public Service Commission, will mark the start of an intensive series of reviews and procedural matters as the PSC gears up to act on the application by US WindForce to develop the $131 million Pinnacle project.

WindForce formally applied for project approval in March, and the PSC has 300 days to act on the application.

The PSC will conduct an evidentiary hearing - the culminating hearing on the project - beginning Monday, October 26, at the commission's... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

KEYSER - With support for the proposed Pinnacle Wind Farm growing - at least as measured by the volume of letters sent to the West Virginia Public Service Commission - the PSC has established the time and place for the fall hearing on the proposed 23-turbine wind farm just west of Keyser.

The Public Service Commission will hold afternoon and evening hearings at the Mineral County Courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 24. The first hearing will be conducted at 2 p.m., with a second hearing set for 7 p.m.

As part of its public notice announcing the hearing date, the PSC also announced that it will conduct a tour of the Pinnacle site the following day, Sept. 25.

The Keyser hearing, which is expected to occur before the three-member Public Service Commission, will mark the start of an intensive series of reviews and procedural matters as the PSC gears up to act on the application by US WindForce to develop the $131 million Pinnacle project.

WindForce formally applied for project approval in March, and the PSC has 300 days to act on the application.

The PSC will conduct an evidentiary hearing - the culminating hearing on the project - beginning Monday, October 26, at the commission's office in Charleston. The PSC has blocked off the entire week to conduct the hearing, if necessary.

Residents do not have to wait for the Sept. 24 hearing to register their views on the Pinnacle project. Written comments can be entered into the official record by writing directly to the PSC.

Since WindForce formally applied for a siting certificate in March, more than 80 letters both for and against the project have been received by the PSC. While letters of protest dominated early, the great majority of late have supported the project. In the past three weeks, more than 20 letters of support have been filed, and none opposed. Included among the recent letters were statements of support from the city of Keyser and the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce.

David Friend, vice president for marketing at WindForce, said the tide of public opinion appears to be turning in favor of the wind farm. "It's gratifying to see the community support," he said. "I think in general, there's a lot of people in support. It takes more to step out in front and write a letter."

Opposition to the wind farm has been registered by individual residents, as well as the Allegheny Front Alliance, which is spearheading opposition to Pinnacle and registered with the PSC as an official party to the proceedings.

Anyone wishing to file a comment can do so by writing to Sandra Squire, Executive Secretary, P. 0. Box 812, Charleston, West Virginia 25323. All written comments should be marked with Case No. 09-0360-E-CS.


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JUL 15 2009
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