Exelon unit readies 30-MW wind project in western Maryland

Fair Wind Power Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Exelon Generation, is pursuing an approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission for a 30-MW wind farm in western Maryland.

The application got a PSC hearing on Nov. 14. Exelon Generation is a unit of Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC), which in 2012 took over Maryland-based Constellation Energy and Constellation’s regulated subsidiary, Baltimore Gas and Electric.

The Maryland PSC order approving the Constellation takeover is prompting this project, the Aug. 19 application noted. In that order, the commission said Exelon has to develop or assist in developing 285 MW-300 MW of new generation in Maryland, and that 125 MW of that needs to be Tier I renewables capacity, with 62.5 MW of that being wind. The order said 50 MW of this new capacity has to be operating by the end of 2016. Exelon said it is looking at other generating opportunities in the state to completely fulfill this mandate.

The company’s Nov.14 hearing presentation noted that Exelon Generation is a leading competitive power generator with over 34,700 MW of owned generating assets that make up one of the cleanest fleets in America.

Exelon through its Exelon Wind business has built and now owns and operates 44 wind projects in 10 states with a total capacity of 1,300 MW.

The Fair Wind project, acquired from Clipper Windpower Development Co. LLC in February 2013 while it was in an early development stage, is located south of Oakland on Backbone Mountain in Garrett County. It would consist of twelve Nordex N100 2.5 MW turbines and would interconnect to the FirstEnergy / Potomac EdisonPJM Interconnection system on Backbone Mountain. Construction is planned to begin in spring 2014 and to be completed in late 2014 or early 2015.

Various other steps are being pursued, including permits from Garrett County, consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on project impacts, completion of detailed project design and negotiation of an interconnection agreement.

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