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March 06, 2002

Nevada Power to Buy Wind Power from DOE's Nevada Test Site

Nevada Power Company announced last week that it will buy the power from a new 85-megawatt wind power plant at DOE's Nevada Test Site (NTS). MNS Wind Company LLC, a joint venture of Global Renewable Energy Partners and Siemens Energy and Automation, will build the 60-turbine wind plant. Construction is expected to begin as soon as this summer, and the plant should begin operating in 2003. The wind power agreement will help Nevada Power meet the goals of the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, which calls for using renewable energy sources for five percent of the company's energy sales in 2003. See the Nevada Power press release.

The NTS, located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, was used for testing nuclear weapons until 1992. Last year, plans were announced to build a 260-megawatt wind facility on the site; the proposed 85-megawatt facility is the first stage of that plan. See the January 24, 2001, edition of EREN Network News.

U.S. wind power facilities may someday be dwarfed by an installation on the coast of our northern neighbor: a 700-megawatt offshore wind plant in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Uniterre Resources Ltd. signed an agreement last month with ABB New Ventures GmbH to conduct a feasibility study for such a wind facility. The study will examine building the plant in two phases in Hecate Strait, at the extreme northeast tip of Haida Gwaii in the Queen Charlotte Islands. The agreement was one of 29 business deals signed between Canada and Germany in Berlin. See the press release on Prime Minister Jean Chretien's Web site.