Toronto Stock Exchange (Venture) Symbol: "WND"
Issued and Outstanding: 26,044,809
VANCOUVER, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Western Wind Energy is the largest producing
pure wind energy, publicly traded company (non-income trust) in North America.
Western Wind Energy currently produces 34.5 MW of energy from over 500 wind
turbine generators located in Southern California. Western Wind also has over
155 MW of expansion power sales agreements with the associated projects in the
late stage of development. In addition, Western Wind Energy has a credible
pipeline of over 1,300 MW of site locations in the State of California.
FEDERAL AVIATION AUTHORITY GRANTS PERMIT TO ERECT NEW WIND TURBINE
GENERATORS TO A MAXIMUM HEIGHT OF 356 FEET
Western Wind Energy Corporation is pleased to announce that it has filed
a final plan of development to expand the current Mesa Wind Generating
Facility from 30 megawatts of production to 50 megawatts of production. The
Plan of Development was submitted to the Bureau of Land Management with all
the completed biological, archeological and cultural studies. All studies have
indicated the expansion will cause no significant impact.
Further, Western Wind Energy Corporation is pleased to announce that it
has received final clearance from the United States Federal Aviation Authority
for the installation of new wind turbine generators, up to a maximum height of
356 feet. The Windridge Generating Facility is an existing generating facility
owned 100% by Western Wind Energy Corporation and is fully permitted, fully
zoned and fully operational. This final clearance by the FAA allows Western
Wind Energy Corporation to order new wind turbine generators for installation
at the end of 2008. Western Wind Energy will expand the current Mesa and
Windridge Generation capacity from 34.5 megawatts to 62 megawatts, being 50
megawatts for Mesa and 12 megawatts for Windridge.
A delegation from Western Wind Energy will leave for Europe in early
November to negotiate the delivery from a European wind turbine manufacturer
of new wind turbine generators for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Mr. Ciachurski, CEO of Western Wind Energy states "We are pleased to
expand our current California production fleet from 34.5 megawatts to 62
megawatts. Our production facilities encompass the highest energy yielding
wind resource sites in North America with Mesa averaging a mean annual
operating yearly average wind speed of 9.92 meters per second (22 miles per
hour). California is the only jurisdiction in the world where a wind farm
operator can extract cash flows from the project entity to the corporate
Western Wind Energy currently produces clean renewable electrical energy
from over 500 wind turbine generators located in Tehachapi (Windridge) and San
Gorgonio Pass (Palm Springs), California. Western Wind Energy's annualized
energy output is approximately 75 billion watt hours per year. During the past
two years, Western Wind Energy has executed or acquired over $1 billion of
power sales agreements totaling 154.5 megawatts from the sale of wind energy
electrical generation, to two separate utilities. Western Wind Energy was the
first to execute a "wind" PPA in the State of Arizona, and in California, is
expanding from management's 26-year continuous operating history in the
Western Wind Energy is in the business of acquiring exceptional land
sites, capital and technology for the production of electricity from wind
energy. Western Wind Energy conducts its operations through its wholly owned
subsidiaries in Arizona and California. Management of Western Wind Energy
includes individuals involved in the operations and ownership of utility scale
wind energy operations in California since 1981.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeffrey J. Ciachurski
Chief Executive Officer
The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
Certain statements included herein are "forward-looking statements" as
defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Management
cautions that forward-looking statements are not guarantees and that actual
results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the
forward-looking statement. Important factors that could cause the actual
results of operations or financial condition of the Company to differ include,
but are not necessarily limited to, the risks and uncertainties discussed in
documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
For further information:
For further information: Western Wind Energy Corp., 632 Foster Avenue,
Coquitlam, BC, V3J 2L7, Telephone: (604) 839-4192, Facsimile: (604) 939-1292,