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Light bid response in New Mexico

Just two bids have been received for a green pricing solicitation for a 700 kW wind project in New Mexico. Southwestern Public Service Company had expected a larger response based on the number of serious enquiries about the request for proposals, says the utility's Stephen Jones. "I was hoping for more," he adds. Jones says the light response was no doubt because of the smallness of the project and because most companies do not know much about winds in New Mexico. A winning bid will be announced on June 15. Construction of the project, the first utility grade one in the state, must start by the end of the year. The initial power purchase agreement with Southwestern is for five years. But the utility says it might buy more wind power -- and that a second proposal of 15 years should also be put forward by bidders.

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