Lincoln Electric System has decided not to scrap two wind turbines that serve as local landmarks on the northeast side of the capital city.
Earlier this year the utility received proposals from two companies to replace the turbines with larger and more powerful models. Utility Vice President Jason Fortik says a comparison showed it would be more economical to keep the old turbines than to erect the replacements now. He says the old ones should last at least six more years.
The first turbine was installed in 1998, the second in 1999. They can generate 660 kilowatts each. The wind energy industry says one megawatt generally is enough electricity to power 240 to 400 households.