US WindForce and Padoma Wind Power have announced a joint venture they say will develop up to 1500 MW of wind generation in the next five years along the mid-Atlantic Coast in the states of Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The partnership plans to develop 340 MW of the total before the US production tax credit expires at end 2003, beginning with a 24 turbine, 36 MW wind plant in Allegany County, Maryland. US WindForce, based in Pennsylvania, is currently before the county's Planning and Zoning Commission seeking approval. It is contingent on getting the county to change an ordinance normally used for cell phone towers to allow development of wind projects. The project would be the first wind development in Maryland. Jan Paulin, Padoma Wind Power's CEO, says partnering with US WindForce provides the "best possible way" for his company to diversify to the east coast. Paulin, Gary Dodak and Jeffrey Marks formed Padoma one year ago shortly after leaving SeaWest. Another company, Clipper Windpower, is working on plans for a 101 MW wind farm in Maryland.