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Richardson praises power marketer

Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson is enthusiastic about a deal in which the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a Northwest federal power marketing agency, is buying wind power and selling it on to public utilities in Washington and Oregon. "BPA's aggressive move into the next generation of renewable energy technologies is right in line with the Administration's goal to dramatically increase the use of wind power," he says. Richardson adds that this is one way the federal Wind Powering America initiative can "play to the strengths of our regions." BPA is buying the power from three new 600 kW Mitsubishi turbines at the 43 MW Foote Creek wind station in Wyoming and selling it to Orcas and Snohomish public utility districts in Washington and Mid-State Electric Co-op in Oregon. The first 69 wind turbines at Foote Creek were installed in 1998 by SeaWest and Tomen Power Corp of Japan (Windpower Monthly, November 1998). Prohibited from owning generation, BPA markets power from hydroelectric dams (91%), a nuclear plant in Washington (6%), firm contracts and other sources.

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