FROSTBURG – Exelon Generation’s Fourmile Wind Energy Project, located in the northeast section of Garrett County, became fully operational Jan. 22. The project has 16 turbines capable of generating 40 megawatts of clean energy for Maryland consumers.
The Fourmile Project is the first of two wind projects being constructed in Western Maryland as part of renewable energy commitments made to the state in connection with the Exelon-Constellation merger. The Fair Wind Energy Project will begin construction on Backbone Mountain along U.S. Route 50 in the spring, which will add 30 MWs of clean renewable generation, fulfilling the merger commitment of providing at least 62.5 MWs of onshore wind power to Maryland. Exelon’s Criterion Wind Project was Maryland’s first commercial wind project and began operation in 2010. It consists of 28 turbines capable of generating 70 MWs of electricity.
“When complete, these two new projects will bring Exelon’s total wind generation in Garrett County to 140 MWs of renewable energy,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of Exelon Power. “Our investment in clean renewable energy in Western Maryland is another example of Exelon Generation’s continued growth to meet the needs of our customers.”
By the end of 2015, Exelon Generation’s wind projects in Western Maryland will be capable of generating enough clean electricity, at full power, to provide electricity to more than 49,000 homes.
“We are proud to support the state of Maryland’s commitment to produce energy through renewable generation,” said David Drescher, Exelon’s vice president of wind and solar energy. “Renewable energy is an important part of Exelon’s generation portfolio and another component in our efforts to advance clean energy.”
Exelon’s wind assets are managed by Exelon Power, a division of Exelon Generation, which owns and operates Exelon’s renewable, hydroelectric and fossil power plants. Exelon Generation is the country’s 11th largest wind producer, with approximately 1,390 MWs of wind generation in 12 states. In addition to more than 100 MWs of wind generation in Western Maryland, Exelon owns and operates Conowingo Hydro-electric Generating Facility in Harford County. Its 572 MWs of generation is the largest single source of clean renewable generation in Maryland.
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