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WindForce committee sorting through grant applications

The Community Benefit Fund Allocation Committee, created through the efforts of U.S. WindForce LLC, is now in the process of evaluating 39 applications for funding in order to award the grant money.

KEYSER - The Community Benefit Fund Allocation Committee, created through the efforts of U.S. WindForce LLC, is now in the process of evaluating 39 applications for funding in order to award the grant money.

Jim Cookman, president of U.S. WindForce, the group responsible for developing the Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage, on Green Mountain, has said, "From the very beginning we wanted to make a community benefit funding opportunity possible."

For the first year of operations of the 23-turbine wind farm, $50,000 is available to be distributed for county projects, and each year after that and for the life of the project, $20,000 will be awarded.

In April, Edison Mission Group purchased the wind farm from US WindForce, and Edison will continue to support this funding for countywide projects.
According to Gary Wilson, who serves as chairperson of the nine-member Community Benefit Fund Allocation Committee, "The 39 applications have been compiled together in a binder."

He mentioned the each of the committee members received a copy of the applications for their review, along with instructions to evaluate the submissions.

"This is our task," Wilson said of... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

KEYSER - The Community Benefit Fund Allocation Committee, created through the efforts of U.S. WindForce LLC, is now in the process of evaluating 39 applications for funding in order to award the grant money.

Jim Cookman, president of U.S. WindForce, the group responsible for developing the Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage, on Green Mountain, has said, "From the very beginning we wanted to make a community benefit funding opportunity possible."

For the first year of operations of the 23-turbine wind farm, $50,000 is available to be distributed for county projects, and each year after that and for the life of the project, $20,000 will be awarded.

In April, Edison Mission Group purchased the wind farm from US WindForce, and Edison will continue to support this funding for countywide projects.
According to Gary Wilson, who serves as chairperson of the nine-member Community Benefit Fund Allocation Committee, "The 39 applications have been compiled together in a binder."

He mentioned the each of the committee members received a copy of the applications for their review, along with instructions to evaluate the submissions.

"This is our task," Wilson said of the review and evaluation process, and, during a meeting within the week, "We will make the decision of who will receive the allocations."

In addition, stating the applications came from all over the county, Wilson said, "Not any one group or organization will receive over $5,000 for their project."

He added that no area of Mineral County would be favored in receiving the funding grants.

Another decision to be made by the allocation committee at the upcoming meeting is to develop a plan, setting aside a time or event to present the benefit funding.


Source: http://www.newstribune.info...

NOV 7 2011
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