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East River to Capture Prairie Winds

April 2000 - East River Electric Power Cooperative, a wholesale power supply cooperative serving 22 member distribution systems in South Dakota and western Minnesota, is offering customers the option to purchase wind power. Under its Prairie Winds program, residential and business customers of participating distribution cooperatives can sign up to purchase 100-kWh blocks of wind energy for an extra $3.50 each month or 3.5¢/kWh. Customers must commit to the wind purchases for a minimum of one year. East River plans to construct a 1-MW wind project in collaboration with its all requirements power provider, Basin Electric, if customers commit to purchasing 2000 blocks. Basin will finance and own the project. East River customers will not be charged for the wind energy until the project is operational in 2001.

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East River Contact: Jim Edwards (605) 256-8002

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