Developer renews push to build Maryland wind farm

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A wind power developer is renewing its effort to build a 17-turbine project in Allegany County, Maryland over the objection of the local zoning board.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Monday that Dans Mountain Windforce has asked the state Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the project near Cumberland.

The project was previously exempted from certification under state rules aimed at accelerating wind power development.

The developer says the certificate would pre-empt local land-use restrictions on wind farms.

The firm also is seeking a waiver of a two-year notice requirement so it can start construction this fall.

The Public Service Commission has scheduled a pre-hearing conference on the matter March 3 in Baltimore.

The wind farm would be the first in Allegany County.

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