Edison Mission Group announces commissioning of 55-MW Pinnacle Wind Farm near Maryland-West Virginia border; project to sell power to state of Maryland

SANTA ANA, California , January 23, 2012 (press release) – Edison Mission Group (EMG), a subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE:EIX), has announced commissioning of the Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage located on Green Mountain, near the Maryland-West Virginia border.

The 23-turbine wind farm has a maximum generating capacity of 55 megawatts (MW), enough electricity to meet the average needs of about 14,000 homes. The project sells two-thirds of its output to the Maryland Department of General Services and one-third to the University of Maryland system. It is the second project to begin commercial operation under the Generating Clean Horizons program of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

“Investments in clean, renewable energy move us closer to reaching our goal of 20 percent of renewable energy by 2022,” said MEA Director Malcolm Woolf. “Diversifying Maryland’s energy portfolio to include renewable energy resources like wind will project us to lead in renewable energy generation and policy.”

Through the Generating Clean Horizons program, the state and university system of Maryland have committed to purchase 78 MW of energy produced from two wind farms and one solar installation over 20 years. According to the MEA, Generating Clean Horizons powers 16 percent of the state’s electricity demand through renewable sources.

“We are excited to help lead the development of clean energy and are especially pleased that our Pinnacle project is able to advance the state of Maryland’s clean energy goals,” said Pedro Pizarro, president of EMG, whose operating companies are among the leading developers and operators of wind energy projects in the U.S.

About Edison Mission Group

Edison Mission Group (EMG) is one of the largest developers of wind energy projects in the U.S. with a current portfolio of 31 projects in operation or under construction in 11 states with a total generating capacity of nearly 2,000 megawatts. With offices in Santa Ana, Calif., EMG manages the competitive power generation business of Edison International, an electric power generator and distributor, and an investor in infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

About Maryland Energy Administration

The Maryland Energy Administration's (MEA) mission is to assist Maryland citizens and businesses to save money through smart investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and conservation. A Maryland state agency, MEA fuels the creation of green jobs by providing funds and resources to expand the use and availability of clean, safe energy in Maryland.

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