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June 23, 2004

New 144-Megawatt Wind Power Plant Dedicated in Wyoming

Wyoming Governor David Freudenthal and project participants dedicated the state's largest wind power plant on June 16th, marking commercial operation of the 144-megawatt Wyoming Wind Energy Center. The new wind energy facility employs 80 Vestas wind turbines, each capable of producing 1.8 megawatts of power. Originally developed by Orion Energy, the facility is owned and operated by FPL Energy LLC. The wind power is being sold to PPM Energy, which is marketing the power to wholesale customers, including 19 cities in Utah. See the FPL Energy press release.

Wind power may be a new import commodity in the Pacific Northwest if Sea Breeze Power Corporation gets its way. The company is proposing to install a 990-megawatt undersea transmission line from Vancouver Island in Canada's British Columbia province to Port Angeles on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. The transmission line will "ensure the existence of an economic path to market for large amounts of renewable energy under development on Vancouver Island," according to the company. In March, Sea Breeze Power applied to the British Columbia government for approval to build a 450-megawatt wind plant, the Knob Hill Wind Farm, on Vancouver Island. See the Sea Breeze Power press releases.