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United States winds up record year -- Grand total of 1675 MW

Wind energy developers in the United States pushed in late November and December to add nine more wind power stations totalling 812 MW to the largest list of wind projects ever completed in a single year, just in time to meet the federal production tax credit's December 31 deadline. In 2001 developers increased the US installed capacity by 1675 MW to over 4000 MW.

Leading the list over the past two months has been FPL Energy with three huge projects totalling 649.2 MW. The developer completed the 110 MW Montezuma project in Kansas (Vestas 660 kW turbines), the 261 MW Stateline wind farm on the Oregon and Washington border (Vestas 660 kW turbines) and the 278.2 MW King Mountain project in Texas (1.3 MW Bonus turbines), now the largest wind farm in the world.

In addition to Stateline, other Northwest projects completed in December were Northwest Windpower's 24 MW Klondike project (Enron 1.5 MW turbines) and Seawest's 24.6 MW Condon project (Mitsubishi Heavy Industry 600 kW turbines), both in northern Oregon. Those bring the Northwest wind generation total to 334.4 MW. Developers expect to build nearly 1300 MW more in the region by the end of 2003.

EnXco added two small projects in December. The Moulton Power Partners and Champepadan Power Partners projects, both located in Minnesota and both using Vestas 660 kW turbines from Denmark, are 1.96 MW each. Also at the small scale end is Bay Windpower's 1.8 MW plant of two NEG Micon 900 kW turbines in northern Michigan. Consumers Energy is buying the power for its green marketing program.

In the East, Atlantic Renewable Energy finished work on its 30 MW Fenner project in New York State's Madison County in late November. The project uses Enron 1.5 MW turbines.

Finally, Cielo sneaked in under the wire with its 80 MW White Deer project in the far reaches of the Texas panhandle. The developer did not begin the project, which uses Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 1 MW turbines, until October and so expected to be up against the deadline from the beginning.

Some wind farms scheduled for completion this year were not built. Among them are Navitas/Northern Alternative Energy's 130 MW project in Murray and Pipestone counties of Minnesota. Navitas received a site permit from the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (MEQB) in May, but has yet to begin the project. Also in May, the MEQB issued a permit for EnXco's 80 MW Chanarambie project in southwest Minnesota.

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