PSC approves wind-farm project in Western Md.

Maryland regulators have approved a 24-turbine "wind farm" project to be built near Frostburg, the third land-based project in the state.

The Maryland Public Service Commission gave the OK on Wednesday to Synergics Wind Energy, an Annapolis company that has a 20-turbine project near the West Virginia border. When it proposed the new project, the company said it hoped to begin building in April and finish by the end of the year.

Synergics could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The effort fits into the state's push for more renewable-energy sources, but some in Western Maryland are worried about environmental effects, including the possibility that the windmills could kill birds and bats.

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