Kittitas County in Washington State is to house a third large wind project, this one in the county's eastern reaches away from the scenic Cascade Mountains. Houston's Zilkha Renewable Energy, joining forces with early-stage developer Caurus Power Inc. of Santa Rosa, California, says it will complete the 165 MW Wild Horse project in 2005, following by a year the completion of its 171 MW Kittitas County project now under review by the Washington Energy Facility Siting Council. Strong local opposition to the Kittitas County project, which is nearer to the mountains, prompted Zilkha to go to the state for siting approvals rather than to the County Commission (Windpower Monthly, February 2003) to possibly avoid a protracted appeals process. Zilkha's Andrew Young says the Wildhorse project, on a remote ranch in a less scenic area, is not attracting the same kind of intense opposition. Caurus has been developing the project since 2001. California-based EnXco is also planning a 180 MW project in Kittitas County (Windpower Monthly, March 2003), bringing the total scheduled wind development there to 516 MW by 2005. EnXco, which filed directly with the County Commission for site approvals in a bid to speed up the permitting process, says it will complete its Desert Claim Wind Farm in 2004.
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