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Eighty megawatt for Iowa

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A power purchase agreement for an 80 MW wind farm, signed at the end of February with Alliant Energy of Madison, Wisconsin, is paving the way for Midwest Renewable Energy Corp and Zilkha Renewable Energy to develop the first wind project in nearly two years in Northern Iowa. With a value of around $54 million, it will consist of about 88 NEG Micon 900 kW wind turbines.

To be located in Worth County, east of FPL Energy's Cerro Gordo wind farm (Windpower Monthly, November 2000), the project will be completed by the end of 2001 and could some day support a combination of up to 240 MW of wind and 240 MW of gas turbines. Project manager Steve Dryden, previously with FPL, hopes to add the remaining wind in phases during each of the next two years. Zilkha, of Houston, previously International Wind Corp, is arranging the financing. The project's owner, Northern Iowa Windpower LLC, will retain the green credits associated with half the plant's output and trade these in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and other Midwest states.

The gas plant could be ready in the third year. Agreements for future phases are not in place at this time, however. Dryden says options are in place with landowners and only land easements are needed before building, which begins in early spring. Permitting is 75 percent complete.

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