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Wind contracts in Iowa

Foras Energy Inc has been selected for final utility negotiations for a 42 MW wind plant near Clear Lake, Iowa. The talks are with the Interstate Power Company of Dubuque, Iowa, Foras announced on October 20. The "'Ellensburg II" project, which will probably use 54 NEG Micon 750 kW wind turbines, will be on line by April 1999, said Foras' president Jørn Larsen. Lakota Power Group NA Inc, headed by John Sayler of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, will be a local consultant on the project. The contract is to fulfil the utility's requirement for renewables capacity under Iowa's 1983 Alternative Energy Production law, which requires the state's utilities to buy wind power. Mid-American Energy Co of Des Moines signed a contract in March for power from a yet-to-be-built 112.5 MW plant from Zond Development Corporation, now part of Enron. In addition Zond and Northern Alternative Energy each signed a contract with IES utilities of Cedar Rapids to build and operate a 9.75 MW plant (Windpower Monthly, April 1997).

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