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CLUSTER PLANS IN WYOMING

Small wind company Northern Alternative Energy (NAE) is now in a joint development agreement with Medicine Bow Energy Inc of Wyoming and hopes to install 36 MW of wind power in the Rocky Mountain state in small clusters. The first phase of the NAE-Medicine Bow deal will be a 7 MW project -- including seven Micon 600 kW turbines from Denmark and possibly an Italian GAMMA 2000 -- at Medicine Bow's existing wind power site. The company currently has a huge defunct wind turbine on the site, the Hamilton Standard WTS-4 which it had repaired in 1992 and operated briefly until the pitch-control system failed. The existing tower would be used for the GAMMA 2000, according to NAE. The site has 'class 5' winds of 19 to 21 mph on average, which are some of the highest in the country.

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