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Wind might be viable; Officials in Summit County discuss testing near Coalville  

Areas near Coalville might be primed for wind power.

Officials in Summit County are poised to post anemometers to measure whether wind should be used to produce electricity.

“There is a big demand (for electricity) that is increasing in Utah,” said Tracy Livingston, chief executive officer of Heber-based Wasatch Wind.

Livingston is currently building Utah’s first wind farm at the mouth of Spanish Fork canyon in Utah County.

“Even though it’s a fairly small project, it’s pretty substantial,” Livingston said about the $35 million facility.

Livingston’s next wind farm could be located in Summit County, according to Park City Mayor Dana Williams, a strong proponent of wind energy.

“It is a hard route to go,” Livingston explained. “It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of money.”

But determining if electricity could be generated economically with wind power in Summit County could require spending thousands of dollars on tests, he said.

The state needs more wind farms because Rocky Mountain Power has raised more money for wind-generated electricity than Utah has the capacity to produce, Williams said.

“It’s a great winner all the way around,” Livingston said. “My heart is in it fully.”

Landowners in North Summit are interested in determining whether generating wind power could be profitable on their land, according to Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt.

By Patrick Parkinson

The Park Record

15 January 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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