Company Proposing Wind Farm Near Searchlight, Nev.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A North Carolina-based energy company says it
wants to build Nevada's first wind farm a few miles southeast of

Duke Energy says the project could cost up to $600 million, take six to eight months to build, and generate 300 megawatts of electricity.

Nevada's main utility, NV Energy, says it's also got plans for a wind farm in northeastern Nevada and southern Idaho.

Officials say that project, dubbed China Mountain, would that produce 200 megawatts.

Duke Energy executive Robert Charlebois says his company would erect up to 150 wind turbines in a 25,000-acre area near Searchlight controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.

He says motorists on U.S. Highway 95 and some people in Searchlight probably would see the turbines, which would stand 260 feet high.

Charlebois says it could take until March 2011 to get regulatory approval.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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