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RNP Press Release
July 1, 2003

Zilkha Renewable Energy Plans New 165 Megawatt Wind Farm

"Wild Horse Wind Power Project" Proposed for Whiskey Dick Ridge

Ellensburg, WA -- Zilkha Renewable Energy announced plans for a new 165 megawatt (MW) wind farm today. The "Wild Horse Wind Power Project" is planned for development on property along Whiskey Dick Ridge north of Ryegrass. The Wild Horse Wind Power Project, named for a spring on the remote ranch, joins two other wind farm projects under active development in Kittitas County.

 
Caurus Power, Inc. a California-based wind power firm, secured rights to develop a 5,000 acre site in 2001. Caurus Wind and Zilkha recently finalized plans to develop the property. "We are delighted with this prospect," said Andrew Young, Director of Project Development for Zilkha Renewable Energy. "The wind resource is excellent, and the site's features are consistent with what we look for."
 
Zilkha envisions that the Wild Horse Project will feature approximately 100 state-of-the-art wind turbines generating enough power to serve the annual needs of over 40,000 Northwest homes. The estimated capital cost of the project will exceed $175 million. Power generated will be delivered to Northwest utilities via either Bonneville Power Administration or Puget Sound Energy transmission lines running near the site.
 
Zilkha has conducted preliminary studies confirming that existing land uses, primarily commercial ranching, are compatible with wind farm development. Wildlife surveys, meteorological studies have been completed, and other studies are ongoing.
 
Zilkha Renewable Energy is currently also developing a 181 MW wind farm, the "Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project," in Kittitas County. The project, 12 miles northwest of Ellensburg, is currently under review by the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC). The Council consolidates state and local agency reviews under a single, rigorous procedure. Local jurisdictions serve on the Council, which encourages public input and holds hearings in the community.
 
Zilkha plans to conduct a preliminary screening process of Wild Horse, which EFSEC calls a "Potential Site Study," to help guide preparation of a formal application to the Council. The project should be completed and on line by the end of 2005.
 
Chris Taylor, Zilkha's Project Development Manager observed that his company has, with Wild Horse, completed selecting project sites in Kittitas County. "We're confident that we have chosen the truly prime windy lands here. Kittitas County's winds are among the very best in the Northwest," Taylor added, "our two sites tap the wind as it sweeps through the county. We catch it literally coming and going."
 
"Everyone knows that Kittitas County is windy," said Debbie Strand, executive director of the Phoenix Group, the county's economic development organization. "This announcement shows that we're lucky too. The arrival of commercial wind farms could deliver nearly a billion dollars of investment. "With economic recovery slow, this project will provide a much needed boost to our local economy and tax base."
 
"I look forward to working with Zilkha Renewable Energy," said Al Davies, Caurus Power's principal and a 22 year veteran of the wind energy industry. "They have a dedicated, professional team working in a region with strong utility interest in wind power."
 
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Zilkha Renewable Energy, an independent developer and operator of utility-scale wind energy projects, is based in Houston, Texas with Northwest regional offices in Portland, Oregon and Ellensburg, Washington. Zilkha Renewable Energy is a well-capitalized, family-owned company, led by the father-son team of Selim and Michael Zilkha. The firm has operating wind projects in Iowa and in Costa Rica. It has a wind farm under construction in Oklahoma and other projects under development across the United States. For more information, visit: <http://www.zilkha.com/>www.zilkha.com
 
Caurus Power, Inc. is an "early stage" wind developer. It identifies potential wind power sites and partners with full-service development firms such as Zilkha Renewable Energy. The company is based in Santa Rosa, California.
For more information contact:
Chris Taylor
509- 962-1122
cell 509-899-4609
 
Robert Kahn
206-236-7200
cell 206-679-0434
 
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