Constellation Energy has closed its agreement with Clipper Windpower Inc. to acquire the Criterion wind project in Garrett County, Md., and to purchase 28 Clipper Liberty 2.5 MW wind turbines for the project.
The 70 MW project will be developed, constructed, owned and operated by Constellation Energy. It is estimated that up to 125 new jobs will be created during peak construction. Commercial operation of the wind energy facility is anticipated by year-end.
Constellation Energy intends to complete the project in an environmentally responsible manner, with special attention to avoid, minimize and mitigate any potential wildlife impacts from the project. The company will continue to work with state and federal agencies as part of this effort and plans to apply for an incidental take permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Constellation Energy has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative for energy and renewable energy certificates produced by the wind facility. Old Dominion is a not-for-profit wholesale power provider serving public electric cooperatives in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.
SOURCE: Constellation Energy Â