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SMUD REQUESTS 50 MW

Regulators in Minnesota are refusing to probe the decision by Northern States Power to have Zond Systems build the state's next 100 MW of wind. The state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted unanimously on October 12 to deny a request by Kenetech Windpower in July to investigate Zond winning the competitive bid. The Minnesota Attorney General's office, Department of Public Service, PUC staff and NSP had also recommended the request be denied. In its request, Kenetech questioned Zond's manufacturing capability, its new Z-46 design, the "financeability" of its proposal and NSP's strategy for obtaining land for the 100 MW on Buffalo Ridge. The issue of how land and wind rights are obtained by NSP should more properly be considered in the court system, the PUC said.

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