The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network announced that construction for the Nine Canyon Wind Project, the largest U.S. wind project owned by public utilities, is now underway in south-central Washington state. A wind energy developer was given approval in mid-November to begin construction of the 48MW wind plant.

Energy Northwest, a public power agency made up of 16 public utilities in Washington, completed a $70.675 million bond sale to finance the project. RES Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of United Kingdom's Renewable Energy Systems Limited, has been awarded the contract to build the wind plant. The Nine Canyon Wind Project will comprise 37 1.3-MW wind turbines from Bonus, a Danish company. With an anticipated federal rebate of 1.5 cents per kWh, it will generate power at a cost of 3.5 cents per kWh. Nine of the Energy Northwest member utilities will buy power from the project.

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