O&M, Project Development, Wind Power

Texas Windfarm to be Expanded

A windfarm under construction in Texas will be expanded to 150 megawatts capacity from its original design of 130 MW.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, US, 2001-07-27 [SolarAccess.com] A windfarm under construction in Texas will be expanded to 150 megawatts capacity from its original design of 130 MW. TXU Corp. and American Electric Power have agreed to expand the Trent Mesa Project near Abilene. TXU will purchase the windfarm’s output and AEP will build, own and operate the facility. The facility had previously announced plans to increase generation by 15 percent, and this latest expansion will add 13 turbines to the 87 units currently being installed at Trent Mesa, south of Interstate 20. The additional 20,000 kilowatts of capacity can meet the electricity demand of 5,000 homes of TXU customers in Texas. “TXU is the largest purchaser of renewable energy in Texas and the southwest, and a national leader in supporting wind power,” says vice president Charles Jenkins. “TXU has contracted to provide 382 megawatts, more than twice the amount of renewable energy required under the Texas Electric Choice Act. Our expanded agreement with AEP shows the dedication of both companies to achieving the benefits of renewable energy and cleaner air in Texas.” The expansion will increase AEP’s investment in the Trent Mesa Project to $160 million. “AEP is the nation’s largest generator of electricity and a leader in wholesale markets,” says Dwayne Hart of AEP Energy Services, the non-regulated subsidiary of AEP. “The Trent Mesa Project is an example of AEP’s ability to design, build and operate generation using a variety of technologies to meet the needs of wholesale customers, in this case TXU’s interest in renewable energy.” The Trent Mesa facility will generate almost 600 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, sufficient power for 35,000 homes. AEP expects to start delivering energy this fall. Including this addition, TXU has contracted to purchase 1.4 billion kWh a year from four windfarms in west Texas. The company says it will have sufficient renewable energy to serve the energy needs of 80,000 homes. Last month, TXU and AEP were recognized by the American Wind Energy Association for outstanding achievements in developing wind energy. TXU won AWEA’s Utility Leadership Award for leading the Texas wind energy boom, while AEP was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in development, operation and maintenance of wind power generation. AEP is based in Columbus and is the largest generator of electricity in the U.S. with 38,000 MW of generating capacity. It provides retail electricity to seven million customers around the world. TXU is one of the larger energy companies in the world with annual revenue of $25 billion and $43 billion in assets. It is one of the largest generators of electricity in the world and sells 300 million megawatt-hours of electricity and 2.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas a year to eleven million customers in the U.S., Europe and Australia.