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Montana Power CO backs out

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Montana Power Co (MPC) has backed out of a plan to ask the Electric Power Research Institute for funds to build a wind plant near Norris Hills in Montana, to include 20 turbines of 300 kW each. In May the utility announced it would be applying for support under the Utility Wind Turbine Verification Programme. "It's the financial concerns and attendant risk," says MPC's Tom Worring. He stresses, however, that MPC is not cancelling its prospects of involvement in wind power or in the project in some other form "in the near term or a little bit longer." Sam Toole of Montana's Environmental Information Centre notes that the decision came at about the same time that the state Public Service Commission did not grant MPC its revenue requirement. "I'm cautiously saying they are linked," he comments.

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