Project Development, Wind Power

Wind Doubles Texas Renewable Energy Commitment

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Wind-generated electricity will more than double the clean energy now available to Texas power customers through Austin Energy’s (AE) clean power program, GreenChoice. The utility signed a 12-year contract for 128 MW of electricity from wind generators at the Sweetwater wind project. A majority of the wind turbines are in place and will be fully operational by mid-February. Construction of the final turbines should be completed by December 31, 2005. All total, AE is now contracting for the annual output from 215 MW of wind generators, and the utility is on track to achieve its goal of generating 20 percent of Austin’s electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020. Since 2001, when AE began the GreenChoice program, the utility has reduced Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions in Austin by more than 700 tons and Carbon Dioxide (CO2 ) greenhouse gas emissions by 680,000 tons. This is the emissions equivalent of removing 30,000 cars from the road since the program began.