Duke Energy Indiana to Purchase 100 MW Wind Power

In a 20-year agreement, Duke Energy Indiana will purchase up to 100 megawatts (MW) of wind-generated electricity from an Orion Energy wind farm under development in Benton County, Indiana. Pending regulatory approval, Duke Energy Indiana will begin purchasing the power in 2007.

“Clean, ‘zero emissions’ wind-generated energy will be a good addition to our resource portfolio,” said Kay Pashos, Duke Energy Indiana President. Orion Energy, an independent developer of wind projects, began developing the Benton County project on approximately 10,000 acres in late 2003. Located in York and Richland townships, the project is expected to go online by late 2007. Specific terms of the agreement are confidential. Duke Energy Indiana filed for approval of the purchase power agreement (PPA) with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. “This project will also boost the local economy in an area where conditions make wind power possible,” said Pashos. “It’s consistent with the state’s new strategic energy plan that encourages innovative ‘homegrown’ ways to generate power within the state.” Duke Energy’s Indiana operations currently provide 7,200 MW of safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to 750,000+ electric customers.

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