Rep. Alan Mollohan says he wants the state Public Service Commission to look more carefully into the potential environmental impact of windmills proposed by companies like NedPower Mount Storm and Shell WindEnergy Inc - the Sunday Charleston Gazette reports.
In response NedPower is attempting to brush aside Mollohan and dismisses his comments as not relevant to their case in the Mt Storm project.
Quite rightly Mollohan is taking NedPower to task for their high-handed attitude. West Virginia clearly deserves much better than the "service" it is receiving from NedPower now that the inadequacies of their research are being exposed.
How much will West Virginia benefit from this project? Of the $300M allocated only 8% will be spent in West Virginia! The huge bulk of the money is being spent in Pennsylvania and Spain to purchase the turbines and technology for the wind farm. And of course Shell WindEnergy has a part stake in the Spanish company that is developing the Pennsylvania production facilities.
Rep. Mollohan is exactly right here in questioning the whole premise and approach. Those $300M in funding could be much better purposed to develop alternative energy sources that are 100% built, produced and supported in West Virginia.