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Alabama Power buys wind power from U.S. Midwest wind farms

Oct 10 (Reuters) - Alabama Power agreed to buy wind powerfrom a second TradeWind Energy LLC wind farm to be constructedin the U.S. Midwest.

Alabama Power, a unit of Georgia-based power companySouthern Co , and independent Kansas-based wind developerTradeWind said in a release on Wednesday that the companiesentered into a 20-year power purchase agreement for 202 MW fromthe Buffalo Dunes wind farm in Kansas.

The $300 million Buffalo Dunes wind farm was expected toenter service in December 2013. The project was expected tocreate an estimated 150 jobs during construction and employ some15 full-time workers once operational, according to the release.

TradeWind said on its website the Buffalo Dunes wind farmwould be 200 to 405 MW when completed.

Earlier this month, Alabama Power said the Buffalo Dunespurchase mirrored an agreement to buy 202 MW of power fromTradeWind's 235-MW Chisholm View wind farm in Oklahoma, whichwas expected to enter service in December 2012.

On its website, TradeWind said the Chisholm View wind farmconsists of 140 General Electric Co 1.6-MW turbines.

Alabama Power serves more than 1.4 million customers in thesouthern two-thirds of the state.

(Reporting By Scott DiSavino; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)

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Keywords: UTILITIES ALABAMAPOWER/WIND