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Zilkha Plans 250-Megawatt Wind Project in Washington State and Projects in Oklahoma, New York, and Pennsylvania
Zilkha Renewable Energy has announced plans to build a wind project of up to 250 megawatts in capacity in Kittitas County, Washington. The company intends to file for a permit from the county this month. Zilkha plans to install 100 to 150 wind turbines over an area of about 10,000 acres at the site, which is located about 100 miles east of Seattle. If the project is approved, construction will begin in early 2003 and will be completed that year.
Zilkha is also planning three other wind projects: a project of undisclosed size near Lawton, Oklahoma (about 90 miles southwest of Oklahoma City); a 100-megawatt project near Meyersdale, Pennsylvania (southeast of Pittsburgh, near the Maryland border); and a 100-megawatt project in Lewis County, New York (about 70 miles northeast of Syracuse). Of those three projects, Zilkha appears likely to start on the New York project first, with plans to begin construction before year-end and complete construction in 2003. The company is also in the process of repowering a defunct 40-megawatt wind project in California's Altamont Pass by placing new wind turbines on the old project's wind towers.
Zilkha has a track record in the wind industry, including construction of the 80-megawatt Top of Iowa Wind Farm, which was commissioned late in 2001. See the Zilkha Web site.