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Heartland wind awards

Wind energy is winning environmental approval in the US heartland. Awards are being made to a 41.4 MW project being built in Wyoming and to the municipal utility of Waverly in Iowa for its wind program. In the first annual Clean Energy awards by the Renewable Northwest Project, three people linked to the Wyoming project have been cited: Dennis Steinberg of PacifiCorp, Ken Bescon of Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) and George Darr of Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). PacifiCorp owns four-fifths of the $60 million project, being built in Carbon County, between Rawlins and Laramie, by California wind developer SeaWest. BPA will buy 15% of the power to be generated from 69 Mitsubishi 600 kW turbines, while the balance will be split between PacifiCorp and EWEB. The turbines are to be on-line late this year or in early 1999. A founding member of Renewable Northwest Project, based in Portland in Oregon, is the American Wind Energy Association. Meantime, Waverly Light & Power was to receive its renewable energy award, from Renew America, at Earth Day ceremonies in Washington DC on April 22. Waverly's Midwest Wind Energy Program, was chosen as a model of environmental stewardship in the renewables category. Groups involved in the choice include the powerful Sierra Club environmental lobby, the National Audubon Society, a bird group, and The Nature Conservancy. Winners, 28 in total, will be honoured at a gala event at the Smithsonian Institution. Waverly, a public utility that serves 3800 customers, installed in 1993 a single Zond Z-16, an upgraded Vestas V-15.

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