Baltimore, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Constellation Energy has closed its agreement with Clipper Windpower Inc., to acquire the Criterion wind project in Garrett County, Maryland, and to purchase 28 Clipper Liberty 2.5-megawatt (MW) wind turbines for the project. The 70-MW project will be developed, constructed, owned and operated by Constellation Energy. It is estimated that up to 125 new jobs will be created during peak construction. Commercial operation of the wind energy facility is anticipated by year-end.
“Maryland’s clean energy goals are among the most ambitious in the nation and we’re committed to working with the state to achieve them by investing in an array of solar, wind, biomass and other sustainable energy projects,” said Kathleen W. Hyle, senior vice president, Constellation Energy, and chief operating officer, Constellation Energy Resources. “The market for clean energy products and services is growing rapidly in Maryland and across competitive energy markets nationwide. Investments in sustainable energy sources improve the environment by reducing carbon emissions, spur much-needed job growth and allow us to broaden our clean energy product offerings for customers.”
Constellation Energy intends to complete the project in an environmentally responsible manner with special attention to avoid, minimize and mitigate any potential wildlife impacts from the project. The company will continue to work with state and federal agencies as part of this effort and plans to apply for an “incidental take” permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.