Wind Turbines

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Colorado is one of two states in the running for a plant that would build the nation's largest wind turbines.

Clipper Windpower of California is expected to decide by the end of the month whether to build the turbines in Colorado or Nevada. The manufacturing plant would initially employ 75 people. The workforce could grow to as many as 550 employees.

Clipper plans to unveil its new turbine during the American Wind Energy Association's annual conference in May in Denver. The turbine would measure 435 feet -- more than a hundred feet taller than the Daniels and Fisher tower on downtown Denver's 16th Street mall.

The new turbine will generate about two-thirds more power than existing ones. Industry analysts say that could improve the economics of wind power when compared to natural gas and coal.