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MINNESOTA STILL STYMIED

Because of disputes over land rights, there is as yet no announced start date for the 100 MW of wind plant to be built by Zond Systems Inc in Minnesota. This so-called Phase II of the Northern States Power (NSP) installation on Buffalo Ridge was to have been completed by this November, but is being delayed by a dispute between NSP and Kenetech Corp, which holds rights to some of the land required. If NSP and Zond are considering proceeding with a smaller project on land that is not in dispute, certainly nothing is being said publicly as yet. "There's not a current start date because the economics of the project are based on doing the whole project at once," says Zond's Bob Gates. It has been estimated that Phase II might be delayed by as much as nine months to a year overall. Phase III, or the next 100 MW, will most likely also be delayed. All NSP is saying is that a request for proposals for Phase III will be issued in the second quarter of this year.

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