Wind generating tests planned for island near Anchorage

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage companies are considering the idea of generating wind power on Fire Island, a chunk of land in Cook Inlet just west of Anchorage airport.

Cook Inlet Region Inc., which owns most of the island, and Chugach Electric Association are planning to spend $50,000 on a study of the wind-generating potential on the island.

Chugach will put up two 130-foot towers and one that's about 33 feet tall. They'll collect weather data for up to 18 months. The towers are designed so they can be moved easily and have little impact on the land.

Chugach began looking at Fire Island for wind generation last year. It put up a single 33-foot tower then to check conditions.

CIRI owns three-fourths of the 4,000-acre island.

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