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Story last updated at 9:42 PM on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wind project moves ahead



The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE — A proposal to build an electricity-generating wind turbine farm on Fire Island is moving forward in Anchorage.

The board of Chugach Electric Association, the biggest power utility in the state, is considering a proposed contract to buy wind power from Cook Inlet Region Inc., the regional Alaska Native corporation.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the proposed deal calls for CIRI to deliver electricity from 11 wind turbines capable of producing a maximum of 17.6 megawatts of power. CIRI spokesman Jim Jager says that's enough to provide electricity to 6,000 households.

The proposed wind farm is one-third the size that CIRI hopes to build eventually.

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