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Energy NW steps up size of proposed project

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Energy NW, owner of the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant, has secured enough land contracts for its proposed 25-30 MW wind farm to at least double its size (Windpower Monthly, September 2000). Energy NW's board of directors has given it the green light to build a slightly larger project. The wind farm, at Nine Mile Canyon in south-eastern Washington, would share the 100-mile long Vansycle Ridge with FPL Energy's proposed Stateline project (Windpower Monthly, February 2001). Energy NW's Carl Van Huff says it is moving quickly along several parallel pathways to make sure the project is in service by year's end. Already it has completed environmental and cultural studies, passed muster with the Lower Columbia River Audubon Society, applied for a county conditional use permit, begun to look for turbines and a developer and is arranging financing. Van Huff says Energy NW hopes to finish contract negotiations with the public and municipal utilities that make up its membership this month so it can begin to build immediately.

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