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St. Louis-based Wind Capital Group (WCG) has started construction on the Lost Creek Wind Farm nearly a month ahead of schedule.

The earlier construction start date comes as a result of WCG's taking delivery of wind turbines earlier than anticipated. With the earlier start date, WCG projects that the $300 million, 150 MW wind energy project in DeKalb County, Mo., is expected to be completed in late spring 2010.

"Homegrown wind projects like Lost Creek don't just provide clean energy, they generate manufacturing, construction and maintenance jobs, and new opportunities for farmers, landowners and rural communities," says WCG President Tom Carnahan. "By harnessing the power of wind, we are making a lasting investment in America's energy infrastructure."

The project's transmission feeds into NW Electric Cooperative lines. NW Electric is a member of Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., which is buying the power. The project consists of 100 1.5 MW GE wind turbines that are manufactured in South Carolina and California.

SOURCE: Wind Capital Group

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