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COLORADO POTENTIAL

In the Northwest, ten sites in Colorado have been identified by the state energy conservation office as having sufficient winds for energy exploitation. Nine of the sites are on the Front Range, in eastern Colorado near the Wyoming border, and the tenth is in Mesa County near Grand Junction. The study, started in 1994 in the hopes that projects would be developed this decade, was sponsored by utilities including the Public Service Co and Platte River Power Authority. Monitoring will continue for two more years when meteorological equipment is installed. "Wind could easily be one of our major sources of energy in the futureƉ renewable energy like wind is good for the environment and good for our pocketbooks," said Governor Roy Romer. In 1987, Pacific Northwest laboratory had ranked Colorado as eighth in the country for wind potential. Platte River Power has apparently agreed to invest $4.4 million in a Kenetech project near Arlington, about 100 miles northwest of Fort Collins. The $311,000 study was conducted by RLA Consulting of Washington state and funded by the participating utilities and the US Department of Energy Utility Wind Resource Assessment Programme.

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