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July 13, 2005

New National Coalition to Promote Wind Power

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced on July 6th that a broad national coalition of wind energy advocates are forming the largest pro-wind energy development organization of its kind in the United States. According to AWEA, "Wind Energy Works!" will actively and aggressively engage in the public conversation over the merits of wind energy, educate the public about the many benefits of wind energy development, and "act as a counterbalance to the misinformation being spread by wind energy opponents in communities across the country." See the AWEA press release.

Photo of five large wind turbines, two nearby and three further away, towering in the background over several buildings in the foreground.

The wind turbines at the Weatherford Wind Energy Center dwarf nearby houses.
Credit: PSO

Wind energy developers are one group that certainly knows how well wind energy works. Notable among the recently completed projects is FPL Energy's 106.5-megawatt Weatherford Wind Energy Center near Weatherford, Oklahoma, which was dedicated in late June. The company already plans to expand the facility to 147 megawatts by the end of this year. FPL Energy is also planning to build a wind power project in central North Dakota with a capacity of 49.5 megawatts. The Wilton Wind Project, located about 24 miles north of Bismarck, should be completed by year-end. The company is developing the project with Basin Electric Power Cooperative and has agreed to sell the power to Minnesota Power, which services northeast Minnesota. See the press releases from FPL Energy, Basin Electric, and Minnesota Power.

Other major wind power projects include the 200-megawatt Forward Energy wind project in Wisconsin, which won approval from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) on July 8th. A subsidiary of Invenergy Wind LLC plans to build the project near Brownsville, about 10 miles south of Fond du Lac. Wisconsin utility We Energies has also bought the development rights to two 80-megawatt wind projects, to be built next year in northeast Fond du Lac County. And in California, PPM Energy plans to build the 150-megawatt Shiloh wind project in Solano County by year-end. The company announced on July 7th that it will sell most of the power from the project to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the Modesto Irrigation District. See the press releases from the Wisconsin PSC (PDF 30 KB), We Energies, and PPM Energy. Download Adobe Reader.