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KENETECH FAILS TO STOP NSP

An attempt by Kenetech to block the site permit for the 100 MW wind farm planned by Northern States Power (NSP) in Minnesota has failed. The application was turned down on January 25, reports John Dunlop, Midwest representative of the American Wind Energy Association. Kenetech Corp, which holds wind rights to some of the land on which the plant will be installed, had asked the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board for a so-called rehearing on the site selection. The company argued unsuccessfully that the board had exceeded its authority and had used improper procedure for the selection. Kenetech wants to build its own wind plant on sites for which it has wind rights and is also appealing approval of NSP's site through the Minnesota courts. A knowledgeable source also says that Kenetech's dispute of the site and of NSP choosing Zond Systems Inc to install the wind farm might actually delay installation of the 100 MW by as much as one year, rather than the nine months estimated by other involved parties.

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