Zilkha Proposes 180-Megawatt Wind Plant for Washington

Recent wind projects

Published: 23-Jan-2003

Zilkha Renewable Energy announced last week that it has submitted a
permit application to build a 181.5-megawatt wind facility near
Ellensburg, Washington, about 70 miles east of Tacoma. The Kittitas
Valley Wind Power Project will generate enough electricity to serve
about 45,000 homes in the area. See the Zilkha press release at:
http://www.zilkha.com/news_single.asp?id=111&noflash=1.

Among other recent wind power announcements, the Tennessee Valley
Authority (TVA) plans to expand its Buffalo Mountain wind plant
tenfold, adding 27 megawatts of new wind turbines to the site near
Oliver Springs, Tennessee. In Illinois, the state's first wind
facility received approval from the Board for Bureau County, where
the wind plant will be built. The Crescent Ridge Windpower Project
will generate 51 megawatts, enough for 20,000 Illinois homes. And
FPL Energy, LLC, started up its 66-megawatt Mountaineer Wind Energy
Center in northern West Virginia in December, as well as its
98-megawatt Hancock County Wind Energy Center in northern Iowa. It
also expanded the Stateline Wind Energy Center on the Washington and
Oregon border by 37 megawatts, to 300 megawatts. The company plans to
add an additional 700 to 1,200 megawatts of new wind power in 2003.
See the announcements from TVA, Crescent Ridge, and FPL Energy,
respectively, at:
http://www.tva.gov/news/releases/janmar03/morewind.htm,
http://www.crescentridgewind.com/, and
http://www.fplenergy.com/news/contents/03002.shtml.

A number of agencies are seeking to develop more wind resources. In
early December, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) requested bids
for up to 50 megawatts of wind power, and on December 18th,
Wisconsin's We Energies requested proposals for up to 200 megawatts
on wind power. See the NYPA and We Energies press releases at:
http://www.nypa.gov/press/2002/021209a.htm and
http://ir.ccbn.com/ir.zhtml?t=wec&s=400.

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