A wind turbine farm that could potentially provide enough electricity to power 6,000 households on Alaska's Fire Island may soon be approved, according to a recent article in the Anchorage Daily News.
The news source reports that the board of the largest power utility in the state, Chugach Electric Association, is scheduled to consider a potential contract to purchase wind power from Cook Inlet Region Inc.
Jim Nordlund, a board member, told the news source that he expects the deal to be agreed to, adding that the board itself agreed unanimously to the terms of the contract last week.
The wind farm, which would feature 11 turbines that could produce up to 17.6 megawatts of power, would be located on the southern portion of Fire Island, according to the new source. The turbines would reportedly each be 260 feet tall with blades extending 130 feet.
United Press International (UPI) reports that the electricity generated by the wind farm would comprise approximately 4 percent of the total electricity the wind company sold to customers in 2010.
The farm, which would be the first of its kind in the Anchorage area, could begin operating in 2013.