Construction Begins On Pinnacle Wind Farm

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US Wind Force LLC and Edison Mission Energy (EME) have announced the start of construction of the 23-turbine Pinnacle wind farm that will be built on Green Mountain near Keyser, W.Va. The project is scheduled for completion later this year and is expected to generate approximately 55 MW of electricity.

The project was jointly developed by US Wind Force and EME, which had acquired and now will build the project. The project represents a total investment of approximately $130 million and will become one of Mineral County's largest taxpayers with property tax payments of approximately $10.7 million over the next 25 years, according to EME. The project has also established a Community Benefit Fund that will provide locally controlled financial resources for worthy community projects.

All of the electricity produced by Pinnacle will be sold under 20-year agreements with the University of Maryland System and the Maryland Department of General Services.

NewPage Corp., a coated paper manufacturer, partnered with US Wind Force on this project. Six of the turbines will be located on NewPage property near the company's Luke, Md., facility.

SOURCE: Edison Mission Energy

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