Utility drops coal for wind

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Announcing it will no longer build coal-fired power stations, Queensland utility Stanwell Corporation has announced a feasibility study for a 20 MW wind farm in the far north of the state. The company has established monitoring equipment at "Windy Hill" and at another site near the town of Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tableland. The sites are elevated -- up to 900 meters above sea level -- and are being monitored at 20 m and 50 m heights. Stanwell's Ken Jack says the sites have good road and grid access in a region where power demands are growing. The company is also considering a number of other sites in north Queensland and other regions of Australia.

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