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Western Md. wind power project seeks fast-tracking

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) -- Developers of a proposed wind power farm near Frostburg, Md. are seeking fast-track approval from state regulators.

Fourmile Wind Energy LLC said in a filing Monday with the Maryland Public Service Commission that the company hopes to begin construction this spring and produce wind power by the end of the year.

Fourmile is a subsidiary of Annapolis-based Synergics, which built the Backbone Mountain wind power farm. The 60 megawatt Fourmile project would have up to 30 turbines along Fourmile Ridge and the western slope of Big Savage Mountain.

Fourmile is seeking an exemption from a lengthy review process originally designed for traditional electric power plants. A 2007 state law allows exemptions for certain wind-power projects.