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Green light for new Iowa plant

FPL Energy, which recently won a development contract to build a 75 MW wind farm in Texas for Central and South West, has been tipped to install a 42 MW facility in Iowa for Interstate Power Company. The plant will be built by Foras Energy of Palm Springs, California, using 56 NEG Micon 750 kW turbines (Windpower Monthly, November 1997). Construction is expected to start by the end of the year and be completed by June 1, 1999, in time for the scheduled expiration of the one-and-a-half cent federal production tax credit for wind kilowatt hours. The plant will go on-line incrementally, as turbines become available. FPL has moved into wind power aggressively in the last few months. In February, FPL Energy, partnering with NEG Micon and Nichimen Corp, bought 164 MW of Kenetech's wind facility at Altamont Pass. Foras was also recently awarded contracts to maintain about 2600 turbines formerly maintained by Kenetech Corp, doubling the size of its maintenance work.

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