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Windfarm II about to be decided

Monday, October 8, 2001

MidAmerican Energy should announce next month whether it accepts a proposal which would establish another windfarm in Buena Vista County.

Clipper Windpower, formed by the developers of the Enron Windfarm near Alta, submitted two proposals to MidAmerican Energy, which hopes to have an additional 100 megawatts of wind energy by next year. One of those included development south of the Enron farm in Buena Vista County and in northern Sac County.

Clipper's proposal calls for another 67 wind turbines along what is known as Buffalo Ridge, costing $100 million.

Instead of a lattice type tower used in the Enron Windfarm, Clipper Vice President Ken Hach told county supervisors in August his company would use a tubular tower that would stand approximately 260 feet to accommodate the larger blades on newer-style wind turbines.

MidAmerican Energy had planned to select a proposal by mid-October, but MidAmerican spokesman Mark Reinders said a decision will not be made until November at the earliest.

MidAmerican hopes to find an additional 100 megawatts of wind energy by next year.

"We're going slower than the original timetable," Reinders said.

MidAmerican Energy buys 113 megawatts from the Enron Windfarm at Alta. That windfarm has 257 turbines and produces a total of 193 megawatts of wind energy.

Clipper Windpower was formed by the founder of Zond Wind Development. Hach, formerly with Zond, is now vice-president of Clipper.

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