Duke Energy Starts Commercial Operation at Texas Wind Farm

Duke Energy began commercial operation at its 59-megawatt (MW) Ocotillo Wind Farm, located in Howard County, Texas on November 1. Construction of the 28-turbine site began in February 2008. The electricity produced from the wind farm will be delivered into the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) transmission system and will be sold to Barclays Bank PLC.

Earlier this year, Duke Energy began operating a 30-MW wind farm near Cheyenne, Wyoming and will bring additional wind turbines into commercial operation later this year at the Notrees site located in Ector and Winkler Counties, Texas.

“We set a goal of having approximately 500 MW of wind energy in service by the end of 2008,” said Wouter van Kempen, president of Duke Energy Generation Services. “We’re on schedule to meet that target, as well as our goal of having 5,000 MW in our development pipeline by year end.”

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