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    Global Wind Power Capacity Grew 20 Percent in 2004 The global wind power industry installed nearly 8,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind turbines in 2004,
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      Global Wind Power Capacity Grew 20 Percent in 2004

      The global wind power industry installed nearly 8,000 megawatts (MW) of new
      wind turbines in 2004, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
      The 20 percent growth in global wind power capacity is actually somewhat
      lower than in 2002 and 2003, when the world wind capacity grew by 28
      percent and 26 percent, respectively. According to GWEC, the slower growth
      is largely due to a slowdown in the United States, caused by last year's
      expiration of the production tax credit for wind power (the credit was
      renewed this year, but will expire again at year's end). With the U.S.
      slowdown, Europe continued to dominate the world wind power market,
      installing 5,774 MW that accounted for 72.4 percent of the growth in 2004.
      Total world wind capacity is now at 47,317 MW, with 16,629 MW in Germany,
      8,263 MW in Spain, and 6,740 MW in the United States. See the
      <http://www.gwec.net/index.php?id=30&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1>GWEC press release.

      As many wind power developers in the United States rush to take advantage
      of the production tax credit, one project was recently completed: Catamount
      Energy's 91.5-MW Sweetwater 2 project, located west of Abilene, Texas,
      achieved commercial operation in February. Among the many projects underway
      is a 151-MW expansion of the 74.25-MW Blue Canyon Wind Farm near Lawton,
      Oklahoma. The Vestas Group is providing 84 1.8-MW wind turbines for the
      project, which Zilkha Renewable Energy expects to complete in December.
      Public Service Company of Oklahoma is buying all the wind power from the
      project. Another project aiming for a year-end completion is the 120-MW San
      Juan Mesa Wind Project, near Elida, New Mexico, about 65 miles northeast of
      Roswell. Xcel Energy recently agreed to buy all the power from the project,
      which is being developed by Padoma Wind Power. Xcel Energy also announced
      in late February that it will buy all the power from a 12-MW wind project
      near Velva in central North Dakota. Construction of that project is
      expected to begin this summer. See the press releases from
      <http://www.catenergy.com/press_022305.html>Catamount Energy,
      <http://www.vestas.com/uk/news/press/newsDetails_UK.asp?ID=126>Vestas, the
      <http://www.psoklahoma.com/news/releases/viewrelease.asp?releaseID=105>Public
      Service Company of Oklahoma, <http://www.padoma.com/press030505.html>Padoma
      Wind Power, and
      <http://www.xcelenergy.com/XLWEB/CDA/0,3080,1-1-1_15531_18513-17825-2_68_132-0,00.html>Xcel
      Energy.

      Taking the longer view, Washington State's Last Mile Electric Cooperative
      has submitted the permit application for a 200-MW wind plant in Klickitat
      County, just north of the Columbia River near Roosevelt. If the White Creek
      Project is approved, the cooperative plans to complete it by the end of
      2006. And in New York, plans are underway for the 27-MW Adirondack Wind
      Energy Park, slated to be built about 80 miles north of Albany in 2007. See
      the <http://www.lastmile.coop/white%20creek%20press%20release.htm>press
      release and <http://www.lastmile.coop/whitecreek.htm>White Creek Project
      description from the Last Mile Electric Cooperative, and visit the
      <http://www.adirondackwind.com/>Adirondack Wind Energy Park Web site.


      California Utility to Buy Power from Six New Renewable Energy Projects

      Southern California Edison (SCE) announced last week that it has signed
      long-term contracts with companies developing six new renewable energy
      projects. The contracts, which must also be approved by the California
      Public Utilities Commission, include three new wind power plants (two at
      the Tehachapi Pass and one at the San Gorgonio Pass), two biomass power
      plants (one in the Imperial Valley, and one in the Western Sierra), and one
      geothermal power plant in western Nevada. According to SCE, the six
      projects would have an initial combined capacity of 141.5 megawatts, but
      could eventually be expanded to 427.5 megawatts. SCE expects the projects
      to be completed between 2006 and 2009. See the
      <http://www.edison.com/media/indiv_pr.asp?bu=&year=0&id=5443>SCE press release.
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