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BPA tender winners securing their shares

SeaWest Wind Power leads the pack of wind developers in the Bonneville Power Administration's Northwest wind solicitation (Windpower Monthly, July 2001), receiving awards totalling more than 500 MW. BPA and four developers are negotiating pre-development agreements that will total 885 MW. The projects are in various stages of readiness. While some have yet to begin environmental, avian and migratory bird studies, others are nearly ready to begin construction. All will be developed before the close of 2003. SeaWest's four projects include two 150 MW wind farms in southern Washington's Klickitat County, a 105 MW project in Oregon's Wasco County and a 100 MW project in eastern Washington. Zihlka Renewable Energy's 150 MW Wheatfield project will be located in northern Oregon's Gilliam County, while Idaho-based Pacific Winds Inc will build its 150 MW Horse Heaven Hills development in southern Washington. Both projects are close to the Columbia River. Cielo Wind Power LLC, a leading Texas developer operating in the Northwest as Columbia Wind Power, is silent about the exact location of its 80 MW project, but says it will be somewhere in Washington. BPA released a 1000 MW solicitation earlier this year and received proposals for more than 2600 MW of wind capacity. BPA's George Darr says the cost of the power is expected to be less than $30/MWh, a price that does not include the costs of firming up the wind resource, as reported in Windpower Monthly last month.

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