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Washington and Wyoming on a hold

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In mid August it appeared the two Kenetech wind projects proposed in Washington state and Wyoming were still on hold. "Nothing has been concluded -- we continue to be in a holding pattern," said PacifiCorp's Gail Miller. She added the fate of the Kenetech projects would need to be resolved before PacifiCorp considered proceeding with any thing else in wind. In early June PacifiCorp, owner of Pacific Power and Utah Power, had terminated its contract with Kenetech for part ownership in the 30.5 MW Washington project, to be sited in Klickitat County in the Columbia Gorge. PacifiCorp's decision, made because of unresolved avian mortality issues, came about four months after Portland General Electric also pulled out of partial ownership -- and just a few days after Kenetech Windpower filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court in Oakland, California. However, PacifiCorp, based in Portland, is still slated to be the majority owner in the proposed 70.5 MW Wyoming project, if it ever goes ahead. Kenetech has apparently considered bringing in other developers or selling its interests in the two proposals altogether. According to bankruptcy court documents, Kenetech hopes to get $100,000 for its interest in each of the Washington and Wyoming projects.

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