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August 21, 2002

Wind Projects Proposed in West Virginia and Northwest; Cape Wind to Install Test Tower off Cape Cod

Wind power continues to advance in the United States, with a new 225-megawatt wind facility proposed for West Virginia, a request for proposals for up to 50 megawatts of wind power in the Pacific Northwest, and approval of a critical step needed to develop the country's first offshore wind facility in Nantucket Sound.

In West Virginia, wind developer Nedpower is in the process of performing a resource assessment for its proposed facility near Mount Storm. The company anticipates a $150 million project using 150 turbines, each with a capacity of up to 1.5 megawatts. See the Nedpower Web site.

Nedpower's planned location may be too close for comfort for another wind power developer, US WindForce, LLC, which also plans to build a large wind facility in the same area. See the US WindForce Web site.

In the Northwest, the Last Mile Electric Cooperative (LMEC) is seeking proposals for projects that could provide 25 to 50 megawatts of wind power to the Pacific Northwest and Northern California by the end of 2003. LMEC is a cooperative corporation of 16 public power utilities and other members located in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California. The cooperative is also looking to develop an additional 25 to 200 megawatts of wind power over the next three to five years. Proposals are due on September 4th. See the LMEC request for proposals.

And in the Northeast, where Cape Wind Associates is hoping to be the first developer of offshore wind power in the country, the company has achieved a minor victory: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer has granted approval for Cape Wind to install a monitoring station at its intended wind site in Nantucket Sound. A 197-foot pole, to be installed this fall on Horseshoe Shoal, will monitor wind speed, wind direction, ocean currents, wave height, water salinity, and other information. The data will be used to evaluate and design the 400-megawatt wind facility proposed for the site, located more than five miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod. See the Cape Wind announcement as well as the Web site for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District.