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BPA WITHDRAWS FROM AGREEMENT

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) might withdraw from its agreement to buy power from a Kenetech 70.5 MW, 210 turbine plant proposed in Wyoming. A 25 MW FloWind wind project in Klickitat County, Washington, is also threatened. BPA expects to decide whether to withdraw from the project by April 15, says the federal agency's George Darr. BPA's involvement in the Kenetech project is through the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB). The $85 million wind plant is the first phase of a far larger project. EWEB has already spent $50,000 in developing the project, in Carbon County, reports the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper. EWEB would have a 17% stake in the plant, as would Tri-State Generation and Commission of Colorado. BPA has said it will buy 50-70 MW of power. The agency's involvement with the FloWind project is with CARES, a consortium of northwest public utility districts. The 91 turbine project, using AWT-86, units is planned to be under way this year. BPA is considering massive budget cutting, and renewable energy projects are among those targeted.

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