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Edison Mission Group commissions Maryland wind farm to provide clean energy

EMG is one step closer to providing the state with 20 percent renewable energy by 2022.

by Kristina WongPublished: January 25, 2012 07:15 AM

Santa Ana-based Edison Mission Group (EMG), a subsidiary of Edison International, has commissioned the Pinnacle Wind Farm project near the Maryland-West Virginia border to provide wind-powered energy. Two-thirds of the resulting electricity will go to the Maryland Department of General Services, and the remainder will go to the University of Maryland. With enough electricity to power 14,000 homes, the 23-turbine wind farm contains a maximum generating capacity of 55 megawatts.

“Investments in clean, renewable energy move us closer to reaching our goal of 20 percent of renewable energy by 2022,” said Maryland Energy Administration (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.”

Under the MEA’s Generating Clean Horizons program, 78 megawatts of energy from two wind farms and one solar-power grid will come out of this project over a 20-year time span. Already, the MEA program obtains 16 percent of the state’s energy from 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.

One of the largest U.S. developers of wind energy projects, Edison Mission Group currently operates 25 systems in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. In operation since 2003, the company aims to create wind projects to Illinois, New York, West Virginia and Wisconsin. EMG holds 44 power-generation facilities with the collective capacity of 11,413 megawatts.

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