Project Development, Wind Power

107-Turbine Wind Farm Dedicated in Texas

Officials of American Electric Power and City Public Service (CPS), the municipal electric utility for San Antonio, Texas, along with national, state and local officials dedicated the Desert Sky Wind Farm in West Texas last week.

IRAAN, Texas – May 7, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The newly named Desert Sky Wind Farm, previously known as Indian Mesa and Clear Sky, includes 107 wind turbines, each capable of generating 1.5 MW of electricity for a total project capacity of 160.5 MW, enough energy to supply 50,000 average American homes. AEP owns the Desert Sky Wind Farm, which it purchased from Enron Wind on Dec. 29, 2001. CPS is buying all the power produced at the facility under long-term agreements with AEP. Enron Wind developed the site, built the turbines and will perform operations and maintenance services. “The Desert Sky wind project is a terrific addition to this region and to the increasingly diverse energy landscape of Texas,” said E. Linn Draper Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer of AEP. “Desert Sky demonstrates the new level of maturity the U.S. wind power industry is achieving, and just how important it is that we continue to encourage development of all of the Renewable Energy sources. Wind power will not replace the traditional power plant, but it is definitely being counted on for an essential contribution to our nation’s energy future. Where wind resources make it viable and economical, we believe wind power ought to be developed.” Desert Sky is AEP’s second major project in West Texas in the past year. AEP built the 150 MW Trent Mesa wind project in Nolan and Taylor Counties west of Abilene, beginning commercial operation last fall. AEP has monitored wind resources at about 30 sites in three states over the past eight years. The Desert Sky project is located near Iraan, Texas, in Pecos County, approximately 86 miles south of Midland and 266 miles west of San Antonio.