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PacifiCorp, a Portland, Ore.-based energy provider, has purchased the 140 MW Marengo wind project that is currently under construction near Dayton, Wash.

The project was developed by a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. and will be constructed by RES American Construction Inc. (also a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc.). Vestas-American Wind Technology Inc. will provide the 78 wind turbines, each 1.8 MW, and will provide operation and maintenance services for the turbines for two years, the company says.

"We intend to be a leader in the development of renewable energy in this region, and we value renewable resources as an important part of our generation portfolio," says Greg Abel, PacifiCorp's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our recent success shows it can be cost-effective for our customers, good for the environment and beneficial to local communities."

This purchase brings the company to within 64 MW of its target of 400 MW of renewable resources in portfolio by 2007, PacifiCorp says. The company adds that when the project is complete, which is scheduled for August 2007, the Marengo wind farm will become part of the resource mix used to supply electricity to PacifiCorp's 1.6 million customers.


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