Largest Windfarm on U.S. East Coast To Be Built In One Year

Power from the largest commercial wind generating facility on the east coast of the United States will be purchased by the Exelon Power Team under a 20 year agreement with Backbone Mountain Windpower LLC.

KENNETT SQUARE, Pennsylvania, US, 2002-01-10 [] Exelon will double its wind capacity through its purchase of the output of a 65 megawatt windfarm to be located near Thomas, in Tucker County, West Virginia. The Backbone Mountain Wind Project will include 42 turbines, each rated at 1.5 MW, and the 65 MW facility is expected to be ready by December 2002. The windfarm will interconnect with the Allegheny Power System in the new PJM West RTO and will be integrated with the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland RTO. “We are excited to bring the first wind energy plant to West Virginia,” says Theo de Wolff of Atlantic Renewable. “The Backbone Mountain Wind Project, embraced by local residents and state officials alike, shows that renewable energy can be a commercial success in the eastern United States.” Earlier this year, Exelon signed 20-year agreements to purchase MW of output from the Somerset Wind Power Project, 15 MW from the Mill Run Wind Project and 52 MW from the Moosic Mountain Wind Farm near Scranton, Pennsylvania. The latest agreement brings its wind portfolio to 144 MW. Large commercial customers, including the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State U, Philadelphia Suburban Water and Giant Eagle Foods, have already purchased wind energy from Exelon and Community Energy Inc for periods ranging to five years.
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