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Western Md. wind farm developer gets more time

CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Public Service Commission is giving a wind power developer more time to build a proposed 25-turbine project on Dan’s Mountain in Allegany County.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that the commission agreed Wednesday to give Dan’s Mountain Wind Force LLC until the end of next year to start construction. The company would otherwise have had to begin construction by Sept. 12 of this year.

The company cited financial difficulties and restrictive local zoning regulations in seeking the extension.

It says Chicago-based Exelon Corp. has now agreed to fund the project.

And the developer says it’s optimistic that local landowners and county officials will be flexible about land-use regulations requiring separation between turbines, property lines and residences.

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