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Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp, intends to construct a new wind project close to its recently completed Marengo I facility near Dayton, Wash. According to the company, when Marengo II begins commercial operation in June 2008, it will be able to generate up to 70.2 MW of electricity.

Construction on the Marengo II project will begin this month. Like Marengo I, the addition was developed by RES America Developments Inc., a subsidiary of RES Americas Inc., and will be constructed under contract by RES America Construction Inc. The project's 39 wind turbines, each capable of producing 1.8 MW, will be supplied by Vestas Americas, Pacific Power adds. Vestas will provide service and maintenance for the turbines for four years.

The Marengo II project is located on approximately 4,300 acres of agricultural land in Columbia County, though the actual project footprint is small, enabling the vast majority of the land to continue to be used for agricultural purposes, notes Pacific Power. The company plans to invest more than $100 million in the project, and landowners will receive lease payments over the life of the facility.

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