November 6, 2007

Court affirms PSC ruling favoring W. Md. wind power project

A Baltimore judge has affirmed a state Public Service Commission ruling favoring a proposed wind power project in Garrett County.

Circuit Judge John Miller found no fault with the agency’s approval in 2005 of Clipper Windpower Inc.’s plan to reduce from 67 to 40 the number of giant wind turbines it plans to erect on Backbone Mountain.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said the turbines in the redesigned project would use longer blades that originally proposed to produce a comparable amount of electricity with lower construction costs and less environmental impact.

Project opponent D. Daniel Boone had filed for judicial review of the decision. He claimed the change violated a settlement agreement the PSC accepted when it approved the project in 2003.

Associated Press

The Daily Record

6 November 2007

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