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North Carolina-based Duke Energy has announced that it will be building its fourth wind farm in Wyoming (and ninth in the United States) -- the 200 MW Top of the World Windpower Project, to be located outside of Casper. Provided all the necessary permits fall in line as planned, construction is slated to begin in late 2009 and be completed in 2010:Top of the World will be built on some 17,000 acres of private and public land which Duke Energy has on long-term lease. When fully operational the project is expected to produced enough electricity for 50,000-60,000 average homes.
Duke points out, "Consistent with Gov. David Freudenthal’s executive order concerning the conservation of greater sage grouse, Top of the World will be constructed outside of sensitive core areas."
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Just for some perspective on the breadth of Duke Energy's activities: Closer to its North Carolina home, activists have been targeting Duke, protesting over the expansion of one of its coal-fired power plants -- despite its expansion of renewable energy, the vast majority of Duke's electricity still comes from coal.