Tractors are turning up roads to the future wind turbine towers in south-central Kansas, the site of BP Wind Energy’s

developing Flat Ridge 2 wind farm. As the first roads are cut, the laydown yard for the wind turbine blades, nacelles, towers and other equipment is being prepared. Associated announced last fall its 300-megawatt, long-term wind power agreement with BP Wind Energy, which expects to have the Flat Ridge 2 farm operating in late 2012. Associated also announced last year its contract for 150 MW from the planned Osage County Wind Energy Facility being developed in Oklahoma by Wind Capital Group. Court challenges by the Osage Nation have delayed its construction, but a federal judge has ruled the farm can move forward. Once both farms are complete, Associated’s contracted  wind power portfolio will increase from 300 MW to 750 MW.