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Canadian developer closer to building Arizona's first wind farm

A Canadian wind power developer took a step closer to building Arizona's first wind farm when it signed an agreement with Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (AEPCO) to study the feasibility of building a wind farm near the utility's Apache Generation Station in southeast Arizona. Western Wind Energy Corp announced in March that it would develop Arizona's first 75 MW of wind generation (Windpower Monthly, April 2002). Last month it signed a memorandum of understanding with generation

and transmission co-operative AEPCO to jointly develop a green marketing program and to forge a power purchase agreement for up to 40 MW, says Western Wind president Jeffry Ciachurski. The agreement is the first to be signed with an Arizona utility and the first agreement Western Wind has signed since the company was formed earlier this year. Western Wind has bought a number of potential wind sites throughout the state, which it will develop in 20 MW to 40 MW chunks. Ciachurski is working with six other Arizona utilities and says three could sign similar memorandums within 60 days.

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