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Pinnacle Wind Farm, WV

STATUS: In progress, with opposition

TYPE: Wind

OPPOSITION: Allegheny Front Alliance


BACKGROUND: U.S. Wind Force’s $131 million project would reduce 128,625 tons annually of CO2. In addition to creating more than 100 construction jobs and several permanent maintenance positions, the project will generate an estimated $433,000 in annual county taxes

A spokesperson for Allegheny Front Alliance warned residents about the potential impacts of the project: “This mountain is beautiful. It's absolutely gorgeous. But it will change with this project and it will change this community.” Opponents also worry that the presence of turbines will reduce property values. Another spokesperson stated that the turbines will damage the wildlife population “in direct violation of state law.”

In January 2010, the West Virginia Public Service Commission granted the site certification permit for the project. The developer stated at the time that construction of the wind farm will take less than a year, and projected last year that the turbines could be operational by the end of 2010. However in June 2010, U.S. Wind Force had yet to begin construction, and the timeline for groundbreaking on the project was pushed back to late fall or early 2011.  The developer previously stated that construction would be delayed until it finalzed a deal to sell its energy to the University of Maryland.  The agreement was reached in September 2010.

SOURCES: Cumberland Times-News http://www.times-news.com/local/local_story_196004243.html;
US Windforce Economic Impact Study http://web.uswindforce.com/images/stories/projects/PinnaclePermit/Appendix%20N%20-%20Economic%20Impact%20Study.pdf;
US Windforce Project Facts http://web.uswindforce.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=45&Itemid=19;
The News Tribune: http://www.newstribune.info/news/x1689202575/PSC-approves-Pinnacle-Wind-Farm;
U.S. Wind Force Press Release: http://web.uswindforce.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61:us-wind-force-signs-20-year-power-purchase-agreements&catid=2:news&Itemid=13

Last updated December 3, 2010