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BIG SPRINGS UNCERTAINTY
1 April 1996
Texas regulators may have cleared the way for progress to resume on the stalled Big Springs 40 MW project (Windpower Monthly, March 1996), but some aspects of the proposed wind plant remain uncertain. The developer, New World Power Corp, says it still hopes to use Enercon turbines, but all the German manufacturer's US representative will say regarding the likelihood is: "No comment." Use of Enercon turbines in the Texas project is at the core of a patent infringement lawsuit filed against New World and Enercon by Kenetech Corp in 1995. Kenetech claims its variable speed technology is copyrighted in the US and is asking the federal courts to block the planned wind plant. In late February, state regulators finally approved the 40 MW project, some six months after their go-ahead had been expected. New World hopes to sell or finance the project within six months, says a company representative. The Connecticut-based company also says it still expects to use the German turbines.
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