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April 13, 2005

Major Wind Plants Under Construction in New York and Texas

Two wind power plants that each total about 200 megawatts in capacity are now under construction in New York and Texas. In New York, PPM Energy and Zilkha Renewable Energy are building the 198-megawatt first phase of the Maple Ridge Wind Farm, formerly called the Flat Rock Wind Power Project. Located about 75 miles northeast of Syracuse, the project's first phase will consist of 120 1.65-megawatt wind turbines. According to the two companies, the Maple Ridge Wind Farm will not only be the state's largest wind facility, but it will also single-handedly quadruple the wind power capacity in New York State. See the PPM Energy press release.

Photo of many wind turbines arranged in zigzag lines that recede into the distance.

FPL Energy's 278-megawatt King Mountain Wind Ranch, shown here, will soon have a nearby sibling, the 220.5-megawatt Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center.
Credit: Todd Spink

In Texas, FPL Energy is preparing to build the 220.5-megawatt Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center. The wind plant will consist of 147 1.5-megawatt wind turbines at a site about 15 miles southwest of Abilene. Initial site work on the project is underway with full-scale construction expected to begin in the next few weeks, and FPL Energy expects the project to be completed by year-end. The Horse Hollow project will be the second largest wind plant in the state, topped only by the 278-megawatt King Mountain Wind Ranch, which FPL Energy built in 2001. FPL Energy has also started operating the new 114-megawatt Callahan Divide Wind Energy Center, located about three miles away from the Horse Hollow site. See the FPL Energy press release.

In other wind power developments, Texas is also gaining a new 100-megawatt wind plant, thanks to a power agreement signed by San Antonio's CPS Energy. DKRW Energy LLC will build the 67-turbine Cottonwood Creek Wind Farm near Sweetwater by year's end. And AES Corporation is planning more wind energy development in New York State: AES has formed a joint venture with EHN, a Spanish renewable energy company, to build more than 350 megawatts of new capacity in the state over the next few years. Meanwhile, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) began building its 150-megawatt Hopkins Ridge Wind Project in southeastern Washington State in mid-March. And in Colorado, Xcel Energy signed contracts with two wind power developers in mid-March. The contracts were awarded to Prairie Wind Energy, for a 69-megawatt wind facility near Lamar, and Invenergy, for a 60-megawatt wind facility near Peetz. See the press releases from CPS Energy (PDF 51 KB), AES, PSE, and Xcel Energy. Download Acrobat Reader.