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Spanish Fork OKs Test Site for Wind Farm

Spanish Fork OKs Test Site for Wind Farm

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(Spanish Fork-AP) -- A Utah company will erect two windmill towers to test wind velocity in Spanish Fork Canyon.

Heber City-based Wasatch Wind will determine if a wind farm at the mouth of the canyon can generate enough electricity to make it a practical source of low-cost electricity.

City officials agreed to provide a site and are drawing up a lease for the company.

If tests prove promising over six months starting next summer, Wasatch Wind will ask permission to build a wind farm at the mouth of the canyon.

Wasatch Wind is negotiating to sell the power to PacifiCorp, which does business in Utah as Utah Power.

Spanish Fork typically delivers a wind blast in late afternoon, which doesn't correspond with peak demand in Utah.

But the windmills could fill a need for off-peak energy production at a cost much less than coal- or natural gas-fire power plants.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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