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Two of bankrupt Kenetech Windpower's three projects proposed for the Northwest have now been bought by rival wind companies. Zond has taken over a 25 MW project at Vansycle in Oregon and SeaWest has bought the rights for around 68 MW at Foote Creek in Wyoming.

Portland General Electric (PGE) announced an agreement with Zond Development Corporation for the Vanscyle proposal, Oregon's first commercial scale wind farm, on December 3. A month earlier Zond had secured Kenetech's development assets for the site, which include a 30 year power purchase agreement with PGE for all power produced. Significantly, PGE is merging with huge power company Enron, which is in the process of buying Zond (see page 20). The Vanscycle project still needs to be permitted, but Zond outbid a rival for it, prompting the California bankruptcy court dealing with the break-up of Kenetech to award the project's site and power purchase contract to Zond.

Meanwhile, SeaWest Power Systems successfully bid for Kenetech's Wyoming project at Foote Creek after a bidding battle with Zond during a December 16 bankruptcy court hearing (see page 20). Output from Foote Creek would be sold to PacificCorp, the Eugene Water and Electric Board and Bonneville Power Administration.

A third Kenetech project in the region, for 31 MW in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington, has yet to attract new investors. It already has a construction permit.

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