AES to Begin Construction of 170 MW Wind Farm in Texas

The AES Corporation announced plans to begin construction of Buffalo Gap 3, a 170 megawatt (MW) expansion of its Buffalo Gap wind farm near Abilene, Texas. The company says that once the expansion is complete, Buffalo Gap capacity will reach 524 MW, making it one of the largest operating wind farms in the United States. Commercial operations are expected to begin mid-2008.

AES signed a seven-year power purchase agreement to sell all of the electricity it produces at the Buffalo Gap 3 wind generation facility to Direct Energy.

“This expansion underscores AES’s ongoing commitment to renewable energy,” said Ned Hall, President, AES Renewable Generation.

William Luraschi, AES Executive Vice President and President of Alterative Energy said, “This expansion is consistent with AES’s long-term goal to be a major wind energy producer, and is part of our plan to more than triple our wind-generated megawatts globally by 2011.”

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