Project Development, Wind Power

125 MW More Wind Power in Texas Helps Meet Demand

To meet Texans’ demand for renewable energy, TXU Wholesale increased its portfolio of wind power contracts in a 125-megawatt (MW) agreement with Airtricity, a renewable energy company based in Dublin, Ireland. When the Airtricity contract goes into effect January 1, 2007, it will increase TXU Wholesale and its affiliates’ current contracts from 580 MW of renewable energy generated from 702 wind turbines to 705 MW, using 756 turbines.

“TXU is committed to building on its leadership position in wind power,” said Mike McCall, Chairman and CEO of TXU Wholesale. “The growing Texas market indicates there is a consumer demand for renewable energy, and we’re committed to adding renewable energy to our portfolio. We believe fuel diversity is the key to price stability and dependability.” “Agreements like this are important to keeping up with the call for new wind power,” said Eddie O’Connor, Airtricity CEO, “as Texas and TXU continue to set the trend for the nation in renewable purchases.” Airtricity will provide the wind power from its Forest Creek Wind Farm, currently under construction 25 miles southeast of Big Spring, Texas. The 15-year contract will provide enough power for more than 24,000 homes and meet the annual energy needs of about 56,000 Texans. The wind farm is Airtricity’s first in the state of Texas. It will generate electricity from 54 2.3-MW Siemens wind turbines, the largest turbines to date built in the state. Airtricity will own and operate the facility following its construction. In 2001 TXU was honored by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) for “leading the Texas Wind Energy boom.” The company’s participation in the Brazos Wind Farm received the Project of the Year Award from the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association in 2004. Texas’ wind-energy market is second only to California’s in the amount of installed wind capacity (2,150 MW to 1,995 MW). TXU Wholesale is said to be the largest purchaser of wind energy in Texas and the Southwest, providing enough energy to power more than 113,000 homes — meeting the annual energy needs of about 260,000 Texans.