Lincoln utility looks to triple wind energy use

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln's public power utility has announced plans to triple the amount of wind energy it uses now within the next two years.  The Lincoln Electric System board approved Friday a plan to negotiate a purchase agreement for 100 additional megawatts of wind energy.  The city-owned utility has about 30 megawatts of wind energy now.  Jason Fortik, vice president of power supply, says the utility would not build any wind farms but would contract with a wind developer to buy the electricity for a fixed price over 20 years.  Fortik says a power purchase agreement could be finalized by July 1.

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