Thursday, March 03, 2005

Can Public Utilities and Non-Profits Co-ops Make Big Wind Work for Them Too?

WorldChanging has an interesting post on the prospect of public utilities and non-profit co-ops moving into wind energy development on a large scale.

Right now the vast majority of big wind energy projects in the U.S. are driven by private companies. But WorldChanging points to an encouraging recent announcement by the Last Mile Electricity Co-op on plans to open a 200-MW wind power facility in Washington State. Co-ops have provided a successful model for a number of smaller wind energy operations, and some public utilities have had luck with small scale wind power projects as well, but Last Mile's jump into big wind could mark the beginning of an interesting trend.

Renewable Energy Access has an article on the project as well.

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