A proposed 20 MW wind plant in western Maine by Kenetech has been chosen by New England Power Co (NEP) as one of seven projects to be approved by the public utilities commissions in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. But the projects have already run into trouble in New Hampshire -- the state with the least customers -- where concerned regulators asked for a price cap to be imposed. Power would be purchased by an affiliate of Narragansatt Electric Co of Rhode Island, Massachusetts Electric and Granite State Electric in New Hampshire. Although power in the region is not needed immediately, the utility is seeking the projects as prototypes. "Our intent is to develop prototypes, on a pilot scale, to see how these projects work," says NEP independent power projects manager Michael Hachey. "You don't wait until the year 2000 and say, 'let's build a wind turbine project' without having the planning in place to do it." The seven projects have been in co-operation with the Conservation Law Foundation, a Boston-based environmental organisation to incorporate environmental concerns.
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