The Dernogalizer

October 15, 2010

First MD Wind Farm to Begin Operating

Filed under: Energy/Climate,MD Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 11:20 am
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Who says we can’t do onshore wind in Maryland?   Check out this article by the Cumberland Times-News.  Notable excerpts below

“Maryland’s first-ever commercial wind farm is set to begin partial operations in less than one week, according to developer Constellation Energy.  In recent months a total of 28 bright white wind turbines, stretching 415 feet into the air from base to vertical blade tip, sprung up along eight miles of Backbone Mountain in Garrett County.”

“At its peak in mid-summer the project employed about 200 individuals, Wagner said. But that number has declined, and will continue to drop off as the project nears commissioning.
When it becomes operational, the facility will have nine full-time employees permanently assigned to the site, including Shilobod.  They will work out of a headquarters building now being constructed beside the electrical substation along Eagle Rock Road.”

“Wagner acknowledged that Constellation had anticipated a high level of statewide interest in and scrutiny of the project, because it was effectively blazing a new trail in Maryland energy production.

“From the very beginning we were aware that we were going to be looked at, as the first facility of its kind in the state,” he said.”

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