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January 22, 2003

Zilkha Proposes 180-Megawatt Wind Plant for Washington State

Zilkha Renewable Energy announced on January 15th that it has submitted a permit application to build a 181.5-megawatt wind facility near Ellensburg, Washington, about 70 miles east of Tacoma. The Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project will generate enough electricity to serve about 45,000 homes in the area. See the Zilkha press release.

Among other recent wind power announcements, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to expand its Buffalo Mountain wind plant tenfold, adding 27 megawatts of new wind turbines to the site near Oliver Springs, Tennessee. In Illinois, the state's first wind facility received approval from the Board for Bureau County, where the wind plant will be built. The Crescent Ridge Windpower Project will generate 51 megawatts, enough for 20,000 Illinois homes. And FPL Energy, LLC, started up its 66-megawatt Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in northern West Virginia in December, as well as its 98-megawatt Hancock County Wind Energy Center in northern Iowa. It also expanded the Stateline Wind Energy Center on the Washington and Oregon border by 37 megawatts, to 300 megawatts. The company plans to add an additional 700 to 1,200 megawatts of new wind power in 2003. See the announcements from TVA, Crescent Ridge, and FPL Energy.

A number of agencies are seeking to develop more wind resources. In early December, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) requested bids for up to 50 megawatts of wind power, and on December 18th, Wisconsin's We Energies requested proposals for up to 200 megawatts on wind power. See the NYPA and We Energies press releases.