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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado Springs Utilities is weighing developers’ proposals to build what would be its first wind power project.

The Gazette reports the utility is reviewing 13 proposals from nine developers to build a 50-megawatt wind farm somewhere in Colorado. The project would represent a small portion of Utilities’ 1,100-megawatt generation capacity.

General manager John Romero says the utility plans to pick a winner this year and have the wind farm running by the end of 2012.

He says cost will be a primary factor in selecting a proposal, but the location of the project and whether it uses turbines made in Colorado could be a tiebreaker.

Under state law, the municipal utility must generate 10 percent of its power from renewables by 2020.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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