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Two Idaho projects are candidates for 200 MW solicitation

Two projects under development in Idaho are likely candidates for a 200 MW solicitation issued by Idaho Power Company last month. Idaho, a western state with large expanses of land across its southern half, acquired its first utility scale wind project in December 2004. Now, Windland-Shell and Ridgeline Energy, both based in Boise, have received approvals from the Power County Planning and Zoning Board to build their projects, which are slated for completion by the end of 2005 when the $0.018/kWh federal production tax credit expires. Windland-Shell's 120-150 MW, 80 turbine, $140 million project will be located at the edge of the Deep Creek Mountains, north of American Falls. Ridgeline Energy's project will ultimately include 200 turbines, but will be built in stages, beginning this year if the developer can sign a power purchase agreement with an Idaho utility. That project will butt up against the Bonneville and Bingham county lines, south of American Falls. Idaho Power's integrated resource plan includes 350 MW of wind capacity, about 5% of the company's energy sales (Windpower Monthly, September 2004).

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