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FPL in deal with NEG Micon to supply up to 600 MW

FPL Energy LLC has signed an agreement with NEG Micon for the Danish company to supply it with up to 600 MW of wind turbines by the end of next year. The first part of the framework agreement is for 44, 1.5 MW turbines for FPL's Mountaineer Wind Energy Center on Backbone Mountain in West Virginia, a project being developed for FPL by Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation. The deal also includes an option for supply of up to 350 additional 1.5 MW turbines, to be delivered before the US Production Tax Credit expires at the end of 2003. The total value of the agreement is $400 million. NEG Micon managing director Torben Bjerre-Madsen calls the agreement a milestone in the company's history and points to signs that the unpredictable US market is moving in the right direction. "Our belief that the USA can be the world's largest market for wind energy has been strengthened," he adds. FPL president Ron Green says his company, the leading supplier of wind energy in the United States, expects to add 1000-2000 MW of new wind over the next two years. "It's a wonderful time to be developing wind projects." In April FPL also ordered 115 MW of Vestas 660 kW turbines with an option to buy 650 more turbines, all by the end of 2003.

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