Partnership between small municipal utilities should become a model for future wind development. That is the message from the dedication of a new 2.25 MW distributed wind project in Algona, Iowa, the first in America that is owned by a utility wind power consortium. "The Iowa Distributed Wind Generation Project is a pioneer model of collaborative wind power development-with seven widely separated municipal utilities jointly owning and operating the wind power plant," said Chuck McGowin of the US Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) at the June 3 ceremony. The plant, sited in fields of maize, consists of three 750 kW Zond Z-50 turbines. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and EPRI provided $1.35 million for the project under the utility Turbine Verification Program. "This project and others in Iowa demonstrate that wind holds tremendous potential to help the United States meet its needs for clean sources of energy in the 21st Century," said Dan Reicher, assistant secretary for renewables at the DOE.