FPL Energy’s Wind Power May Surpass 4,000 MW

FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group, said that it expects its wind portfolio to exceed 4,000 megawatts (MW), representing an investment of approximately $4 billion, by the end of 2006.

Through its subsidiaries, FPL Energy currently has 47 wind projects in operation in 15 states helping to meet the growing need for pollution-free electricity and providing new economic opportunities for local communities throughout the U.S. FPL Energy’s subsidiaries have about 760 MW of new wind projects that have either been completed or are expected to reach commercial operation by the end of the year. With the two-year extension of the federal wind production tax credit, several wind projects and corresponding equipment contracts in place, FPL Energy expects to add 1,250 to 1,500 MW over the 2006/2007 period. In related news, a staff writer for the News Journal Online reports from Marineland, Florida, that Florida Power & Light (FPL) customers may plug into wind energy in Florida sometime next year if a coastal project shows promise. Engineers are evaluating wind speeds on Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico beaches to find a location to erect four to six electricity-producing wind turbines. The turbines would stand 415 feet tall and create enough power for a city the size of Ormond Beach. The display would be the first of its kind for FPL on Florida sand. … Because turbines must be spaced at least 1,000 feet apart, the company is looking for up to 6,000 feet of property near the ocean.
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