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KENETECH MARKS PRODUCTION OF 100TH VARIABLE SPEED WIND TURBINE

 LIVERMORE, Calif., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees and guests of KENETECH Corp. (NASDAQ: KWND) today marked the production of the firm's 100th Model 33M-VS advanced wind turbine with a ceremony on the assembly floor of its KENETECH Windpower facility.
 KENETECH Windpower President Joel Canino hailed the significance of the event: "One year ago, we committed the Model 33M-VS advanced wind turbine to an ambitious production schedule in order to be in a position to meet the needs of our customers here and abroad. Today marks a very significant milestone -- the manufacture of our 100th turbine. Right on schedule." Canino noted that by the end of 1994, KENETECH will have produced more than 650 of the utility-scale machines.
 "This event is a great tribute to the engineering and manufacturing group's execution," Canino added. "Equally important, it demonstrates that KENETECH is prepared to meet the requirements of our customers."
 Turbine number "100" will be shipped to Lincoln County, Minn., and will be one of 73 turbines installed for a 25-MW Windplant(TM) being developed for Northern States Power Co. More than 50 Model 33M-VS turbines have already been shipped. Twenty-five are being installed at a Windplant in Alberta, Canada. Electricity generated from the Alberta project will be delivered to the TransAlta Power Co. In addition, the company has signed contracts for an additional 615 of the utility-scale turbines in project developments in the Northwest, New England, Texas, Europe and New Zealand. It has pending contracts for an additional 1,155 machines in the United States, Canada and Europe.
 The Model 33M-VS is a variable speed, utility-scale wind turbine that can generate pollution-free electricity at a price competitive with newly-constructed fossil fuel plants. The turbine allows varying rotor speeds to match wind speeds resulting in higher efficiency of operation. Wind turbines without variable speed operation require heavier parts to handle the stresses from strong wind gusts. The lighter components in the 33M-VS reduce manufacturing and operating costs, making wind a cost- effective generating option for utilities.
 KENETECH currently employs more than 400 workers at its Livermore facility. With the accelerated production schedule for the model 33M-VS turbine, the company expects to increase the size of its workforce substantially over the next five years.
 KENETECH Corp. is a leading provider of products and services to the electric power industry. Through its subsidiaries, the company designs, builds, finances and maintains power plants that utilize environmentally- preferred technologies -- principally wind, biomass and natural gas. The company also provides energy management services to industrial, institutional and commercial customers.
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 /CONTACT: Clarence Grebey of KENETECH, 415-398-3825/
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