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Vt. wind project makes less power than expected

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SHEFFIELD, Vt. (AP) - Officials say the Sheffield wind-power project generated less electricity than expected last year because of lower-than-expected wind speeds on the Vermont mountain where it is located and other factors.

But the owner of the 16-turbine project in Sheffield, First Wind, says the company is confident that over the life of the project it will meet expectations.

In a letter to the Sheffield select board, Sheffield Wind operations manager Brad Drake says that in 2012 the project generated approximately 81 million kilowatts of electricity, enough to power about 12,300 homes.

First Wind spokesman John Lamontagne tells the Caledonian Record that figure is about 15 percent less power than expected, but so far this year the project is performing well.

The project also paid Sheffield $520,000 in property taxes.

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