CUMBERLAND – A wind energy developer is seeking judicial review of the Maryland Public Service Commission’s decision denying its request to construct a 17-turbine wind farm atop Dan’s Mountain.
David Friend, managing partner of Laurel Renewable Partners, which controls project developer Dan’s Mountain Wind Force, said Friday he’s disappointed by the PSC’s June 16 decision to deny a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity – the necessary permit for the company to construct, own and operate the proposed farm.
In its decision, the PSC affirmed an order issued by Chief Public Utility Law Judge Terry J. Romine in January. PSC documents cite “an adverse impact on the aesthetics of the local communities on and around Dan’s Mountain.”
Allegany County officials had also previously denied permits for the project, which has a proposed capacity of 39 megawatts and estimated construction cost of between $90 million and $100 million.
Friend argues that the project would create much-needed jobs and tax revenue for the county.
“Allegany County could clearly benefit from the jobs and tax revenue that the construction of this important economic development project would create,” Friend said, adding that $1.1 million in new property tax revenue would be generated in the first full year of operation.
“At a time when Allegany County struggles economically, it speaks volumes when county officials spend tax dollars to fight revenue and job producing projects,” he said.
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