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West Virginia

Benefits from Proposed Energy Projects
Upfront Investment (total of all projects)
Total Economic Output (in PDV)          $9,300,000,000
Employment Earnings (in PDV)            $2,800,000,000
Average Annual Jobs                               19,300

First Year of Operations (total of all projects)
Total Economic Output (in PDV)          $800,000,000
Employment Earnings (in PDV)            $200,000,000
Average Jobs Created in Year 1           4,200

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PATH Project, WV, VA, MD

STATUS:  In progress with opposition TYPE: Transmission OPPOSITION:  Environmental groups, local residents PROSPECTS:  Indeterminate BACKGROUND:  The Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) is a joint venture of American Electric Power (AEP) and Allegheny Energy to build a new high-voltage interstate transmission line … Continue reading

Beech Ridge Energy Wind Farm, WV

STATUS: Completed, with substantial delays TYPE: Wind OPPOSITION: Local residents (Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy; Jeffrey and Alicia Eisenbeiss) PROSPECTS: Complete BACKGROUND: Invenergy proposed to construct 119 giant wind turbines on 23 miles of mountain ridges located about 9 miles … Continue reading

Laurel Mountain Wind, Franklin County, WV

STATUS: In progress, with opposition TYPE: Wind OPPOSITION: Laurel Mountain Preservation Association; Highlands Conservancy PROSPECTS: Indeterminate BACKGROUND: In January 2008, AES Laurel Mountain, LLC filed an application with the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) for a siting certificate to … Continue reading

Pinnacle Wind Farm, WV

STATUS: In progress, with opposition TYPE: Wind OPPOSITION: Allegheny Front Alliance PROSPECTS: Likely 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 … Continue reading

Liberty Gap Wind Farm, WV

STATUS: Killed TYPE: Wind OPPOSITION: State government (Public Service Commission); Local residents (Protect Pendleton County, Friends of Beautiful Pendleton County) PROSPECTS: Unlikely BACKGROUND: US WindForce sought to build a wind farm in Pendleton County, West Virginia in November 2004, consisting … Continue reading

Western Greenbrier Co-Production Demo Project, Rainelle, WV

STATUS: Canceled TYPE: Coal OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Local citizens PROSPECTS: Unlikely BACKGROUND: In 2002 a consortium of three municipalities and the U.S. Department of Energy agreed to move forward with a 75 megawatt, $215 million waste coal gasification plant in … Continue reading

Longview Project, Maidsville, Monongalia County, WV

STATUS: In progress TYPE: Coal OPPOSITION: Sierra Club; Local citizens PROSPECTS: Likely BACKGROUND: In 2002 the developer proposed construction of a 600 megawatt, $1.5 billion coal plant in Monongalia County, West Virginia.  In March 2004, the West Virginia Department of Environmental … Continue reading

TrAIL Project (Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)

STATUS:  In progress with opposition TYPE: Transmission OPPOSITION:  Environmental groups, local residents PROSPECTS:  Likely BACKGROUND: The Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line (TrAIL) is a new 500-kV transmission line extending from Southwestern Pennsylvania to West Virginia to Northern Virginia.  The $820 million project … Continue reading