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February 05, 2003

Los Angeles Proposes to Build a 120-Megawatt Wind Plant

Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn announced plans to build a 120-megawatt wind power facility on February 3rd. The Pine Tree Wind Project will be the largest municipally owned wind plant in the Unites States, producing enough power for more than 100,000 households. The facility will be built on about 22,000 acres of land located 12 miles north of Mojave, California. However, the project still needs approval from the Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water as well as the Los Angeles City Council, both of which will review the project this month. If built, the project will be completed by July 2004. See Mayor Hahn's press release (PDF 21 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Pine Tree Wind Project will consist of 80 wind turbines built by General Electric, each 1.5 megawatts in capacity. See the AWEA press release.

If you're wondering how good the wind energy resource is in California, you're in luck: In late 2002, the California Energy Commission published new high-resolution wind maps of the state on their Web site. See the new California wind resource maps.