Erlangen, Germany [RenewableEnergyAccess.com]
Siemens Power Generation's (PG) wind power division (formerly Bonus Energy) has received an order for 161 MW of wind turbines for the Wildorado Wind Ranch, which will be located near Amarillo, Texas. These turbines have the potential to meet the electricity demand of more than 50,000 households.
"With many states in the U.S. implementing renewable portfolio standards, wind power is clearly becoming a mature and more stable long-term market."
-- Andreas Nauen, Siemens PG, head of the wind power division
The Siemens scope of supply consists of 70 2.3 MW Mk II turbines, including towers and transportation to the site, installation, startup and commissioning, and a five-year service and maintenance agreement. The project is scheduled for commissioning in spring 2007. The Wildorado Wind Ranch was developed by Cielo Wind Power, LP, of Austin, Texas, in conjunction with Edison Mission Group (EMG) of Irvine, California.
Siemens Power Generation is demonstrating a strong growth in the wind energy business. Last year, the company almost doubled its production capacities for wind turbines. In 2005 Siemens PG signed a contract for one of the largest wind orders in the world. For Florida Power and Light Energy, LLC, the company erects wind farms with a total installed capacity of 600 MW at various U.S. sites.
Within the past year, wind power projects in the U.S. increased in total capacity by 2,431 MW, with an investment volume of more than USD$3 billion. This resulted in an increase of 36 percent, which puts the U.S. at approximately 9,149 MW of installed capacity of wind power. For the current year, experts forecast a further increase in demand for wind farms.
"Due to the U.S. Congress's prolongation of the production tax credits for wind power, and due to the high prices for oil and gas, this market experiences positive developments now and in the near future," said Andreas Nauen, head of the wind power division of Siemens PG. "With many states in the U.S. implementing renewable portfolio standards, wind power is clearly becoming a mature and more stable long-term market."