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Alabama Power Co. says the state's Public Service Commission has approved the utility's plan to purchase more than 400 MW of installed capacity from two wind projects developed by TradeWind Energy.

Alabama Power will purchase up to 202 MW of output from the Buffalo Dunes Wind Project, located near Garden City, Kan. The project is scheduled to begin operating in 2014.

The utility will also purchase up to 202 MW of output from the Chisholm View Wind Project, located in Grant and Garfield counties, Okla. The wind farm is scheduled to begin operating at the end of this year.

Alabama Power notes that the power purchase agreements are among the largest for energy produced from wind farms among utilities in the Southeast. The utility adds that it can use the energy and associated renewable energy credits as part of its service to local consumers, or it can sell those credits, separately from the energy, to outsiders.


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