Milford wind farm goes online

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MILLARD COUNTY -- There were ribbon-cutting ceremonies Tuesday to officially open Utah's biggest wind farm. In fact, the Milford Wind Corridor Project dwarfs all other wind farms in the state and is one of the largest anywhere in the West.

Ninety-seven giant windmills will generate enough electricity for 45,000 homes. The First Wind company built the complex north of Milford in Millard and Beaver counties.

It generated 250 construction jobs over the last year and stimulated total expenditures of $86 million. Lt. Gov. Greg Bell noted, "Utah has tremendous potential for generating renewable power. This development primes Utah's economic engine, while also protecting our environment."

On hand for the dedication were officials from three California cities -- Burbank, Pasadena and Los Angeles. They have long-term contracts to purchase electricity from the site.

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