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July 30, 2003

Massive New Wind Power Plants Planned for Texas and Wyoming

Two wind power plants totaling more than 300 megawatts in capacity will be built in Texas and Wyoming by year-end, and those are just two of eight wind projects planned for five states-yielding 636 megawatts of wind power capacity-that were announced in late July.

In Texas, Shell WindEnergy Inc. and Padoma Wind Power are building a 160-megawatt wind power plant near the town of Brazos in Scurry and Borden counties, about 90 miles southeast of Lubbock. Cielo Wind Power, LLC and Orion Energy LLC will develop the wind plant, and Green Mountain Energy Company and TXU Energy have agreed to buy all the power generated by the facility. Called the Green Mountain Wind Farm at Brazos, the plant will consist of 160 Mitsubishi wind turbines and is expected to be operating by year-end. See the press releases from Green Mountain Energy Company and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

A 37.5-megawatt wind power project is also under construction south of Sweetwater, Texas, about 40 miles west of Abilene. GE Wind Energy is supplying 25 of its 1.5-megawatt wind turbines for the Sweetwater Wind Project, considered Phase I of an eventual 400-megawatt wind power project. DKR Development LLC is building the wind plant and TXU Energy will buy all the power that it produces. See the press releases from TXU Energy and GE Wind Energy (PDF 86 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

In Wyoming, FPL Energy, LLC is preparing to build, own, and operate a 144-megawatt wind power facility in Uinta County, about 10 miles northeast of Evanston, near the southwest corner of the state. Orion Energy developed the project, which is the largest yet in Wyoming. FPL Energy will start construction later this year and complete it by the end of this year. The U.S. subsidiary of Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S is supplying 80 1.8-megawatt wind turbines for the project. See the press release from FPL Energy and Vestas.

New projects throughout the rest of the country include another FPL Energy project to build a 30-megawatt wind plant near Meyersdale in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Meyersdale Wind Energy Center will employ 20 1.5-megawatt wind turbines and will be complete by year-end. In Illinois, Spanish wind developer Gamesa Energia is building its first U.S. plant, a 50.4-megawatt project. The company's U.S. subsidiary, Mendota Hills, LLC, is building the facility using 63 of Gamesa's 800-kilowatt wind turbines. In Wisconsin, We Energies has signed 20-year power purchase agreements with the developers of three wind projects totaling 214 megawatts in capacity. Navitas Energy will develop two 80-megawatt wind projects-the Blue Sky Wind Farm and the Green Field Wind Farm-both to be located in eastern Wisconsin, and Midwest Wind Energy, LLC will develop the 54-megawatt Butler Ridge wind farm in southeastern Wisconsin. See the press releases from FPL Energy, Gamesa, and We Energies.