Virginia, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The AES Corporation announced that commercial operation has started at the 170-megawatt (MW) Buffalo Gap 3 wind farm expansion near Abilene, Texas. This addition brings the Buffalo Gap wind farm to a total wind generation capacity of 524 MW.
Under a seven-year power purchase agreement, AES will sell all of the electricity Buffalo Gap 3 produces to Texas retail electric provider Direct Energy. Similar agreements were struck between AES and Direct Energy for the Buffalo Gap and Buffalo Gap 2 wind farms. Financial terms of the projects were not disclosed.
“With the start of commercial operation of Buffalo Gap 3 AES is expanding one of the largest wind farms in Texas,” said Marty Crotty, president of AES Wind Generation. “AES is committed to help meet the growing demand for wind power as part of our corporate strategy to provide sustainable and affordable energy.”
According to the American Wind Energy Association, Texas leads the U.S. in developing wind generation, with 5,604 MW in operation. Wind farms in the U.S. now generate more electricity than in any other nation in the world and are on track to expand by over 45 percent by the end of this year. In May 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy projected that the U.S. could source 20 percent of its electricity needs from wind generation by 2030.