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Duke Energy Indiana, a Plainfield, Ind.-based electric supplier, has recently finalized an agreement to purchase up to 100 MW of wind-generated electricity from Orion Energy's wind farm that is currently under development in Benton County, Ind.

The 20-year agreement is the first significant, long-term purchase of wind power in Indiana, the company says. It is the result of a request for proposals Duke Energy Indiana (then PSI Energy) issued for green energy resources in late 2005. Pending regulatory approval, Duke Energy Indiana will begin purchasing the power in 2007.

"This project will boost the local economy in an area where conditions make wind power possible. It's consistent with the state's new strategic energy plan that encourages innovative 'homegrown' ways to generate power within the state," says Kay Pashos, Duke Energy Indiana's president.

Orion Energy, an independent developer of wind projects, began developing the Benton County project in late 2003.

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