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May 07, 2003

FPL to Install 135 Megawatts of Wind Power in Three States

FPL Energy, LLC announced on Earth Day, April 23rd, that it will install new wind power plants in North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania by the end of this year. The three wind plants will have a total capacity of 135 megawatts: the company will build a 21-megawatt wind plant near Kulm, in southeast North Dakota; a 51-megawatt wind plant near Woodward, in northwest Oklahoma; and a 63-megawatt wind plant spanning Clinton and Canaan townships in northeast Pennsylvania.

GE Wind Energy will deliver more than 300 1.5-megawatt wind turbines to FPL Energy this year to support the company's wind projects, including previously announced projects in California, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota. See the FPL Energy press release.

In addition to the FPL Energy projects, PPM Energy, Inc. announced in mid-April that it will build a 44-megawatt wind plant in northwest Iowa. Called the Flying Cloud project, it will be located only 80 miles from the 50-megawatt Moraine Wind Power Project, which the company is currently building in southwest Minnesota. Both projects also use GE Wind Energy's 1.5-megawatt wind turbine, and both will be operating by year-end. See the PPM Energy press release.

The new batch of wind power projects will surely be a topic of discussion at the WINDPOWER 2003 Conference and Exhibition, which takes place in Austin, Texas, from May 18th through the 21st. This year's annual meeting of the U.S. wind industry is expected to be its largest ever. See the conference announcement on the American Wind Energy Association Web site.