With approximately 65 wind turbines and associated facilities in Barbour
and Randolph Counties, West Virginia, the Laurel Mountain Wind Power
Project provides needed capacity to the electric power system of the
PJM territory, to serve load and maintain overall system reliability. This
project required an extensive program of field surveys in support of federal,
state, and local permits and approvals.
TRC provided the following services in connection with the project:
- Prepared a critical issues evaluation which identified development
challenges and recommended areas of further study.
- Conducted a number of field studies in order to facilitate project licensing
and document project impacts. Field surveys supported wetland
identification, presence/absence of threatened and endangered species
and cultural resources, and shadow flicker, visual, and noise impact
- As part of the permitting process, TRC engineers balanced access road
design criteria with environmental constraints in order to avoid and
minimize impacts to wetlands and endangered plant species identified
during the field efforts.
- Provided comprehensive environmental permitting support for PSC
Siting Certification; Section 404 permit; NPDES stormwater permit;
archaeological and architectural approvals; and threatened and
endangered species clearance.
The Laurel Mountain Wind Power Project now provides approximately 125 MW of clean, renewable energy, enough to power
33,000 homes. It also provided considerable local economic benefits,
including job creation and contribution to the local tax base.