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New wind facility proposed

RAWLINS -- An Oregon company is proposing to install up to 125 wind turbines on private land northwest of Medicine Bow.

The wind farm proposed by PPM Energy of Portland, Ore., would produce up to 187.5 megawatts of power per year, PPM spokeswoman Jan Johnson said. That is enough to power about 46,800 average households.

Plans call for having General Electric turbines on tubular towers. The electricity generated would be sent to utilities in Western states.

The Carbon County Planning Commission was scheduled to consider a permit for the proposed wind farm today.

Johnson said the company hopes to begin construction next year. The wind farm will take about nine to 12 months to build.

PPM Energy, which operates several wind farms throughout the West, currently has wind farms in operation or under construction to produce a total of 1,700 megawatts of power, she said. The company's goal is to increase its wind-power production capacity to 3,500 megawatts by 2010, she said.

The wind farm proposed by PPM Energy of Portland, Ore., would produce up to 187.5 megawatts of power per year, PPM spokeswoman Jan Johnson said. That is enough to power about 46,800 average households.

Plans call for having General Electric turbines on tubular towers. The electricity generated would be sent to utilities in Western states.

The Carbon County Planning Commission was scheduled to consider a permit for the proposed wind farm today.

Johnson said the company hopes to begin construction next year. The wind farm will take about nine to 12 months to build.

PPM Energy, which operates several wind farms throughout the West, currently has wind farms in operation or under construction to produce a total of 1,700 megawatts of power, she said. The company's goal is to increase its wind-power production capacity to 3,500 megawatts by 2010, she said.


Source: http://www.billingsgazette....

JUL 11 2006
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