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Western Md. wind project gets extension

A wind-energy project in Western Maryland has been given more time by state regulators to start construction — the second deadline extension for the proposed 25-turbine development on Dan's Mountain in Allegany County.

The state Public Service Commission this week approved Dan's Mountain Wind Force LLC's request to push the deadline to begin construction from next week to Dec. 31, 2014. The deadline had earlier been moved to Sept. 12 of this year from March 2012.

Dan's Mountain Wind Force didn't ask for an extension of the September 2015 deadline to have at least one wind turbine complete.

The company blamed the delays on its former joint developer filing for bankruptcy. In its request to regulators, the company said its newer agreements with Exelon Corp.'s wind subsidiary "provide critical development support and funding."

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