Japan's Eurus breaking ground with second US wind farm

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Eurus Energy America Corporation will break ground this month on its second US wind farm. The company will sell the output of the 41 MW Eurus Combine Hills project in eastern Oregon to Portland-based PacifiCorp and the green attributes of the project to the Energy Trust of Oregon, which is making a one-time payment of $3.8 million. The Energy Trust collects a 3% system benefits charge from Oregon's retail electricity customers to pay for energy conservation and renewable energy development in the state. Eurus says it will complete the project prior to the December 31 expiration of the federal production tax credit, and will use Mitsubishi 1 MW Mitsubishi turbines. Eurus used the same turbine at the 41.4 MW Foote Creek I project in Wyoming, which it built when it was named Tomen Power Corp USA. Eurus is a branch of Japanese trading company and energy developer Tomen Corp. The Combine Hills project, which has been in development since late 2001 (Windpower Monthly, February 2002), will be located on the same ridge as FPL Energy's 300 MW Stateline and 24.9 MW Vansycle Ridge wind farms and, according to Eurus, is expandable by another 63 MW.

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