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Coop part of wind farm project

Thursday, November 30, 2006

MISSOURI -- Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative announced Nov. 22 that the Wind Capitol Group, along with John Deere, Missouri's electric cooperatives and local landowners will take part in a Missouri wind farm project. The project farm will be in northwest Missouri, along with two other wind farms.

"In less than two years, Wind Capital Group, John Deere, Missouri's rural electric cooperatives, and landowners will bring more than 150 megawatts of clean renewable wind energy to Missouri," said Wind Capital Group President Tom Carnahan.

Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. will purchase electricity from the wind farms and provide it to 51 member distribution cooperatives that serve more than 800,000 customers in Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa.

"Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative is proud to be a part of Missouri's first utility-scale wind farms. As rural Missouri faces increasing demand for electricity, the electric cooperatives continue to provide innovative solutions to satisfy this demand, and certainly, renewable energy is one of the answers," said Dan Singletary, CEO/general manager of Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Located near Conception in Nodaway County, the third wind farm will be similar to the first two announced earlier this year. It will consist of 24 Suzlon 2.1 turbines, estimated to produce about 180,000 megawatt-hours of energy a year, and will be in service by the end of the year 2007.

The first wind farm project, known as the Bluegrass Ridge Wind Farm, is near King City in Gentry County. At least 16 of the 27 Suzlon S-88 turbines are expected to be in operation by the end of the year 2006.

Construction on the second wind farm, the Cow Branch Wind Energy Project in Atchison County, will start next year with projected completion by the end of the year 2007.

Combined, the three wind farms could produce more than 150 megawatts. That is enough for about 45,000 homes in rural Missouri.

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