Construction on the 1200-turbine plant might start in 1996 and take five to seven years, says Kenetech's John Huffman. Ed Michael, a biologist at West Virginia University, has been hired to study the wildlife. Kenetech had also proposed a plant nearby at Cabin Mountain but these plans were shelved for visual and avian concerns.
The area, remote and high, has timber and coal mining. Huffman, who claims that wind power can be produced for $0.035-0.05/kWh, also told the West Virginia Daily News that an assembly plant to possibly be built by Kenetech would serve the eastern United States. The company is also apparently interested in other locations in the region.