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SEA WEST SETTLES WITH SDG&E

SeaWest Power Systems, one of the wind companies selected under the now defunct Biennial Resource Plan Update (BRPU) to provide power capacity in California has reached a settlement with San Diego Gas & Electric Co regarding its winning bid for an 85 MW wind plant. SDG&E also announced in March that a non-wind company has reached a settlement too. The BRPU was cancelled by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission early last year which ordered California's utilities to settle. But as of April 19, SDG&E had still to buy out Kenetech as well as two other non wind companies. Also last month Southern California Edison (SCE) was still negotiating an agreement with Zond Corp for wind capacity originally accepted as a BRPU bid, said utility officials. Pacific Gas & Electric has announced no settlements.

Small wind company Northern Alternative Energy (NAE) is now in a joint development agreement with Medicine Bow Energy Inc of Wyoming and hopes to install 36 MW of wind power in the Rocky Mountain state in small clusters. The first phase of the NAE-Medicine Bow deal will be a 7 MW project -- including seven Micon 600 kW turbines from Denmark and possibly an Italian GAMMA 2000 -- at Medicine Bow's existing wind power site. The company currently has a huge defunct wind turbine on the site, the Hamilton Standard WTS-4 which it had repaired in 1992 and operated briefly until the pitch-control system failed. The existing tower would be used for the GAMMA 2000, according to NAE. The site has 'class 5' winds of 19 to 21 mph on average, which are some of the highest in the country.

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