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Ohio set to quadruple wind installations with four bids

Not known as a windy place, Ohio will increase the number of commercial scale wind turbine installations in the state from zero to as many as four before the year is out, says Randy Hevener of American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio). A wholesale power co-operative for 86 municipal electric utilities in four states, AMP-Ohio received four bids as a result of a March request for proposals for between one and four turbines at a site near Bowling Green. It will select the winning bid by mid-May. While the bids are competitive with each other, says Hevener, they do not compare favourably to the inexpensive coal and hydro resources available in the state. AMP-Ohio, which will own the turbines once they are in service, asked developers to bid turbines ranging from 900 kW to 1.8 MW, allowing them to determine the best equipment to match the site's wind speeds. Hevener says the co-operative could apply for the federal Renewable Energy Production Incentives (REPI), worth about $15/MWh, if the project is completed by September. The co-operative wants the wind generators energised by December 31.

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