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Avista Puts Wind Farm on Hold

by Associated Press
Capital Press, December 4, 2008

SPOKANE - Avista Corp. plans to delay building a wind farm by at least two years, citing the high cost of the windmill-like turbines.

The $125 million wind farm, on a ridge five miles south of Reardan, is now planned to begin operating at the end of 2013. It will be part of the first wind-generation project built by the Spokane-based utility.

For now, there are cheaper ways to add energy to Avista's portfolio, company spokesman Hugh Imhof said.

Avista is retrofitting turbines at its Noxon Rapids Dam. For $48 million, the project will boost the dam's output by 28 megawatts - enough electricity for 21,000 homes.

The wind farm will have capacity to produce 50 megawatts of power, but the variability of wind speeds reduces the turbines' overall output.

Associated Press
Avista Puts Wind Farm on Hold
Capital Press, December 4, 2008

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