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Huge request for proposals

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A request for at least 1000 MW of new wind power to help ease power shortages in the American Northwest by 2003 was issued late last month by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The federal power marketing agency is soliciting proposals for large-scale projects of at least 60 MW, but would prefer even bigger projects with the potential for expansion. It set a minimum size limit of 15 MW of delivered power, or about 40-60 MW of nameplate capacity.

BPA is already buying or has under consideration about 300 MW of wind located in Wyoming, Oregon, Washington and Montana. The agency's George Darr says the solicitation is designed to encourage new projects beyond what has already been announced and all will likely be located in the Northwest. Siting and permitting will drive how fast many of the projects can come on-line, but Darr says the value of power will be greater for those projects that come on-line first. The solicitation closes April 6.

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