Edison Mission Group (EMG), a subsidiary of Edison International, has announced commissioning of the Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage located on Green Mountain, near the Maryland-West Virginia border. The 23-turbine wind farm has a maximum generating capacity of 55 megawatts (MW), enough electricity to meet the average needs of about 14,000 homes. The project sells two-thirds of its output to the Maryland Department of General Services and one-third to the University of Maryland system. It is the second project to begin commercial operation under the Generating Clean Horizons program of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).
“Investments in clean, renewable energy move us closer to reaching our goal of 20 percent of renewable energy by 2022,” said MEA Director Malcolm Woolf. “Diversifying Maryland’s energy portfolio to include renewable energy resources like wind will project us to lead in renewable energy generation and policy.”
Through the Generating Clean Horizons program, the state and university system of Maryland have committed to purchase 78 MW of energy produced from two wind farms and one solar installation over 20 years. According to the MEA, Generating Clean Horizons powers 16 percent of the state’s electricity demand through renewable sources.
“We are excited to help lead the development of clean energy and are especially pleased that our Pinnacle project is able to advance the state of Maryland’s clean energy goals,” said Pedro Pizarro, president of EMG, whose operating companies are among the leading developers and operators of wind energy projects in the U.S.