More Turbines Planned

Dominion Resources and Shell WindEnergy announced today they'll go ahead and build 50 more turbines next year at the Mount Storm wind farm despite a legal challenge.

Dominion Resources spokesman Dan Genest says Mount Storm is a good project and a good location.

Construction of the project's first phase is nearing completion. The companies say the first 82 turbines will be hooked up to the region's power grid by the fourth quarter of this year. The turbines are expected to generate 164 megawatts of electricity, enough for 41,000 homes.

Dominion and Shell say the second phase will add 50 more turbines capable of generating 100 megawatts, enough to power 25,000 homes. The companies say it will be built next year, assuming it receives all necessary permits and approvals.

The $300 million project still faces a lawsuit filed by nearby homeowners who claim their property values will plunge. A circuit judge dismissed the lawsuit but the state Supreme Court reinstated it in June.


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