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W. Va. Governor Joins Exelon, FPL Energy to Dedicate Largest Wind Farm in the East.

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THOMAS, W. Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 9, 2003

West Virginia Governor Bob Wise today joined FPL Energy, Exelon Corporation and about 150 guests in Tucker County to dedicate the largest wind farm east of the Mississippi River along the windy ridge of Backbone Mountain north of Thomas, West Virginia.

Governor Wise was joined by FPL Energy's Senior Vice President of Development Michael O'Sullivan, Exelon Generation Vice President of Government Affairs Jan Freeman, and more than 150 local and regional guests to celebrate the largest wind farm in the Eastern United States and the organizations that helped bring the facility to West Virginia.

"This is an example of West Virginia taking one more of its natural resources and using it to better the community," Wise said. "Taking advantage of wind and combining it with new technology puts us in a unique position to further economic development in the region and generate clean power."

O'Sullivan said, "The Mountaineer Wind Energy Center is much more than just the largest wind farm east of the Mississippi River. It's a demonstration of how, when people bring their skills, knowledge and commitment together, something good can happen. A lot of people worked on this project -- people from the community, the state of West Virginia, conservation groups and business and labor. The result is a project of which we can all be proud."

"Our 20-year commitment to this project is part of our strategy in building a diversified, reliable, low-emission generation portfolio," said Freeman. "This wind farm was a successful culmination of teamwork and commitment to building environmentally sound generation projects along the East Coast."

The Mountaineer Wind Energy Center is capable of generating enough electricity to power 22,000 homes. Construction of the 44 wind turbines at the wind farm, each about 228 feet tall to the center of the blade hub, began in the summer of 2002 and was completed in December. The 66-megawatt facility is owned and operated by FPL Energy and the power it generates is sold to Exelon Corporation. The electricity from the site is used in West Virginia and the region. FPL Energy purchased the project from Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation of Richmond, VA.

FPL Energy is a leading unregulated wholesale generator of clean energy, including natural gas, wind, solar, hydroelectric and nuclear. It is the nation's leader in wind energy, with 30 wind facilities in operation in 10 states. Wind power represents more than 20 percent of the company's portfolio. It is a subsidiary of FPL Group (NYSE:FPL), one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-related services with annual revenues of more than $8 billion. FPL Group's principal subsidiary is Florida Power & Light Company, one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving more than 4 million customer accounts in Florida. Additional information is available on the Internet at, and

Exelon Corporation is one of the nation's largest electric utilities with approximately 5 million customers and more than $15 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry's largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity at 43,000 megawatts, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon has signed 20-year power purchase agreements to market the output of four wind generation facilities on the East Coast. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5 million electric customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania and gas to more than 450,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.

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