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November 17, 2004

Idaho PUC Gives Go-Ahead to State's Largest Wind Power Plant

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a contract for Idaho Power to buy the power from a 10.5-megawatt wind power project near Hagerman (about 30 miles northwest of Twin Falls in southern Idaho), effectively giving the project a green light. If the developer—Fossil Gulch Wind Park, LLC—obtains all necessary permits and proceeds to build the wind project, it will be the largest in the state. See the Idaho PUC announcement.

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the largest wind project in Idaho is currently a two-turbine installation with a capacity of only 216 kilowatts. However, PowerWorks, Inc. has proposed to build a 171-megawatt wind project near Mountain Home, about 75 miles northwest of Twin Falls, and Windland, Inc. has proposed a 200-megawatt wind project near Albion, about 50 miles east of Twin Falls. Both developers plan to complete their projects in 2006. See the AWEA, PowerWorks, and Windland Web sites.