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February 16, 2005

Large Wind Power Plants Slated for North Dakota and Massachusetts

PPM Energy is proposing to build North Dakota's largest wind plant, a 150-megawatt facility near Rugby, in the north central part of the state. The company submitted a letter of intent to the North Dakota Public Service Commission in late January and plans to build the 100-turbine wind project by the end of the year. North Dakota Governor John Hoeven expressed support for the project, and plans to meet with the company next week. See the governor's press release.

Two smaller wind plants are also under development in northwest Massachusetts. Berkshire Wind Power LLC is planning to build the 15-megawatt Berkshire Project on Brodie Mountain, near the New York border. A group of the state's municipal utilities and their power supplier—the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC)—announced in December that they would buy power from the project, which Berkshire Wind Power plans to build this year. In addition, enXco is planning to build a 30-megawatt wind project on Bakke Mountain and Crum Hill, in the Hoosac Range near the Vermont border. The Hoosac Wind project has passed through most of the permitting process, but has yet to earn its final building permit. See the MMWEC press release (PDF 122 KB) and the Hoosac Wind Web site. Download Acrobat Reader.

Here's one place you won't find wind turbines: on the roof of the New York Sports and Convention Center (NYSCC), the proposed new home for the New York Jets. Though wind turbines were included in a plan released last summer, the latest plan eliminates them, and the Jets plan to buy green power from upstate New York instead. See the Jets' announcement on the NYSCC Web site.