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March 31, 2004

Minnesota and Wisconsin Seek 300 Megawatts of Renewable Power

The Midwest may soon experience a renewable energy boom, thanks to the efforts of utilities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Minnesota's Great River Energy—the state's second largest electric utility—requested bids for 200 megawatts of power from renewable energy resources in early March. The utility intends to draw on solar, wind, or biomass projects up to 100 megawatts in capacity, and hydropower projects of less than 60 megawatts in capacity. Responses are due by the end of April. In Wisconsin, Alliant Energy Corporation's Wisconsin Power and Light is seeking bids to add 100 megawatts of wind power in 2005. However, the utility does not plan on proceeding with the wind projects unless Congress extends the renewable energy production tax credit (the credit expired at the end of last year). Bids are due by May 28th. See the press releases from Great River Energy and Alliant Energy.

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