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Dominican Republic unveils its first wind farm

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Dominican Republic has unveiled its first wind farm, which it part of the Caribbean nation's effort to lessen dependence on oil.The $100 million project built by public and private investors began operating Tuesday in the western town of Juancho. President Leonel Fernandez says its 14 turbines can produce 33 megawatts of electricity an hour.The project will be expanded next year and is expected to generate up to 70 megawatts of energy an hour.Officials expect the project to help reduce petroleum imports by at least 200,000 barrels a year.The Dominican Republic imports 155,000 barrels of oil a day, most of it from Venezuela.