Duke Energy Expands Wind Business

Duke Energy has announced a long-term agreement for the sale of 99 megawatts (MW) of electricity from its new Wyoming wind farm, as well as the purchase of 100 wind turbines from General Electric that will produce 150 MW of power at multiple U.S. sites that will be installed in 2010.

Duke Energy will begin building the Campbell Hill Windpower project near Casper, Wyoming, early next year. The facility’s 66 wind turbines will begin generating electricity by late 2009. PacifiCorp, which operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Wyoming, has entered into a 20-year agreement to purchase all of the power generated by the Campbell Hill project. The output from the project will go into the utility’s integrated electric system, serving customers in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California.

“Today’s announcement strengthens our commitment to investing in wind energy beyond 2008,” said Wouter van Kempen, president of Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS), a business unit of Duke Energy that owns and develops renewable energy assets.

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