Utah wind project lines up California customers

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MILFORD, Utah (AP) -- Utah wind will keep the lights on in southern California.

The Southern California Public Power Authority has signed a 20-year agreement to get electricity from a wind farm built in Beaver County by UPC Wind of Massachusetts.

The power agency acted on behalf of Los Angeles, Burbank and Pasadena.

"The approval of this power-purchase agreement by the mayor and the L.A. City Council is a major milestone," said Paul Gaynor, UPC Wind's president and chief executive officer.

"In addition to the clean wind energy that the project will produce for the city of Los Angeles, it will be a source of revenue and new jobs to the Utah region where it will be built," Gaynor said this week.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will receive 185 megawatts from the first phase of the Milford Wind Corridor. Burbank will get 10 megawatts and Pasadena will use five megawatts.

UPC Wind said 185 megawatts represent enough power to serve about 39,000 homes.

"We'll begin construction sometime the middle of next year," said Krista Kisch, UPC Wind's western regional vice president of business development. "We're aiming to have the project built before the end of 2008."

Officials estimate that Utah will give about $4.3 million in tax credits over the next two years, with most coming in 2009 when an anticipated boom in renewable-energy systems kicks in.

Utah lawmakers earlier this year approved significant tax credits of 35 cents per kilowatt hour produced over four years. There also is a federal tax credit.

Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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