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Energy Business Review: Dominion and Shell WindEnergy to increase capacity of West Virginia wind farm

1st August 2007
By Clare Watson

Dominion and Shell WindEnergy have revealed that they are planning to add a second phase to their wind energy project currently under construction in Grant County, West Virginia. The added phase of the project will increase the wind farm’s capacity to 264MW.

Dominion and Shell WindEnergy have formed a new company, NedPower Mount Storm, to own the facility. The first phase of the project, which consists of 82 turbines producing 164MW, or enough electricity for 41,000 homes, is under construction at a site near Dominion’s Mount Storm power station. It is scheduled to begin operation in Q4 2007.

The second phase consists of 50 turbines producing 100MW, or enough electricity for 25,000 homes, and will be developed adjacent to the existing site. The second phase is expected to go into operation in 2008, subject to receiving all necessary permits and approvals.

The electricity generated by the wind turbines would flow across power lines from Mount Storm power station, including a 500,000-volt transmission line that Dominion has proposed to help increase the supply and reliability in Northern Virginia.

“This continues to be a great opportunity for Dominion to increase its renewable energy portfolio and provide reliable electricity to its customers,” said Thomas Farrell, chairman, president and CEO of Dominion. “This expansion is another step we are taking to meet our customers’ demand for electricity in an environmentally sound manner.”

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