100 turbine windfarm planned for North Dakota

BISMARCK, North Dakota, February 22, 2005 (ENS): On Friday, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and Commerce Department officials will meet with representatives of PPM Energy to discuss the scope and technical dimensions of a new 150 megawatt wind energy facility proposed for Rugby.

A facility of this size could produce enough clean energy to power 44,000 average homes a year.

PPM Energy is ScottishPower’s U.S. energy business based in Portland, Oregon. In late January, the company submitted a letter of intent to the North Dakota Public Service Commission to build a wind farm of approximately 100 towers and is targeting December 31, 2005 for completion.

PPM Director of Business Development for the Midwest Raimund Grube and company Business Developer Tim Seck will meet with Governor Hoeven.

"This will be one of the largest wind projects in the region, and it will be located in the heart of North Dakota," Hoeven said. "It takes advantage not only of our great resources for wind energy, but also our great business climate. PPM Energy has been working with our Commerce Department to ensure that the project goes smoothly from start to finish."

PPM is building a facility in Kansas of the same size as the one it proposes for North Dakota. In December, the company announced that it will build and own the 150 megawatt Elk River Wind Power Project located in Butler County, Kansas, near Beaumont.

"The Elk River Project is the third we have announced so far that is expected to go into commercial operation in 2005 and we look forward to additional growth and geographic expansion in 2005," Terry Hudgens, Chief Executive Officer of PPM said in December.

PPM specializes in energy solutions to meet the needs of wholesale and large commercial and industrial customers. Among the company’s customers are large organizations such as the municipally owned Seattle City Light and the federal Bonneville Power Administration.

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