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Riding on the wind

Tuesday, December 12, 2000

BV windfarm living up to its billing, but will no longer be the world's largest, as wind energy field explodes.

It was bound to happen.

A Florida-based energy company plans to develop and construct a 300 megawatt wind farm in parts of Washington and Oregon. When that happens, Enron Wind's facility in Buena Vista County will lose its distinction as the world's largest wind power facility.

That doesn't mean the blades will stop turning, though. The ground work has been laid here that proves windfarms can efficiently generate clean, cheap power.

"Northwest Iowa is one of the better wind areas in Iowa," said Bob Gates, senior vice president of Enron Wind. "And of course in the wind business, Storm Lake has a great name.

"The Storm Lake project and others going in have helped wind energy in general because they've generated visibility of big projects - not only in the Midwest but other places in the country," Gates added. "They've helped to demonstrate that wind and farming are compatible."

Read the rest of this article in the 12/12 Pilot Tribune.



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