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Industry veteran plans 200 MW farm on federal land in Idaho

Industry veteran Windland Inc is planning a 200 MW wind farm on federal land on Cotterel Mountain in south-central Idaho, but says it still has a lot to do before breaking ground in spring 2004. Windland has developed and owned wind plants near Tehachapi in California since 1982. For the Idaho project it has a number of environmental reviews to complete and, because it is slated for US government land, it must do additional studies examining the project's impacts on raptors, migratory birds and big game. The proposed site has excellent wind resources and already has good access to transmission, says Windland's Roald Doskeland, but the company must still obtain a power purchase contract. One possibility is Idaho Power, which began offering a green power option to its customers this year and recently included a wind project in its a integrated power resource plan (Windpower Monthly, July 2002). Idaho Power currently buys wind power from FPL Energy's Stateline project located in Oregon and Washington. Although Windland has yet to select a turbine supplier for the project, its initial plans include 130 turbines, which would require machines in the 1.5 MW range. Windland's offices have been located in Boise, Idaho since 1992.

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