Commission approves Fourmile wind farm plan in Maryland

The Maryland Public Service Commission has heard and approved a proposal to build a new wind power project near Frostburg.

The project was proposed by Fourmile Wind Energy LLC, which is interested in building the new wind farm on Fourmile Ridge and the western slope of Big Savage Mountain, the Associated Press reported.

A large portion of the areas in and surrounding Fourmile Ridge and Big Savage Mountain  have been designated sensitive by the state, prompting some concerns. However, a Fourmile company official testified the project has been designed to avoid impact on sensitive locations.

The AP said the project will include the building and installation of as many as 24 wind turbines. Fourmile Wind Energy hopes to complete construction and begin operations by the end of the year.

Fourmile Wind Energy is a subsidiary of Synergics, the same company behind the construction of the 20-turbine Backbone Mountain wind farm. 

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