FPL Energy Continues Wind Power Expansions

FPL Energy LLC., which already boasts massive wind power assets, plans to build three new wind energy facilities in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania by the end of the year.

Juno Beach, Florida – April 30, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The new projects include: a 21 MW facility located near Kulm, North Dakota. Output will be provided to Otter Tail Power Company, with commercial operation expected by the end of 2003. A 51 MW facility located near Woodward, in northwest Oklahoma. Output will be provided to the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, with commercial operation expected by the end of 2003. A 63 MW facility located in Clinton and Canaan Township in northeast Pennsylvania. Output from the facility will be provided to Exelon Generation Company LLC. Exelon will market the green power to retail customers through a marketing arrangement with Community Energy, Inc. of Wayne, Pennsylvania. FPL Energy has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the project rights from Orion Energy LLC, of Oakland, California, and expects the transaction to close during the second quarter 2003. FPL Energy said it expects to reach commercial operation by the end of 2003. The company also said it has a definitive agreement with Zilkha Renewable Energy LLC and Atlantic Renewable Energy Corp. to acquire 24 MW of wind assets in southwestern Pennsylvania. The facilities included in the transaction are the 15 MW Mill Run Wind Power facility and the 9 MW Somerset Wind Power facility. Both transactions are expected to close during the second quarter 2003. Output from these projects is and will continue to be sold to Exelon Generation Company LLC. These projects are in addition to the 434 MW previously announced to be built in New Mexico, California, North Dakota and South Dakota. “In the face of difficult market conditions, we continue to execute our strategy to profitably grow our wind generation business,” said Jim Robo, president of FPL Energy. The company also said it expects to take delivery of more than 300 1.5 MW turbines in 2003 from GE Wind Energy which will be used to support FPL Energy’s wind energy growth. FPL Energy is the largest generator of electricity from wind turbines in the United States. The company currently owns and operates wind farms in 10 states with more than 1,700 MW of capacity. The company has announced projects representing nearly 600 MW of new wind capacity that will be operational by the end of 2003. “Wind power is an important element of our nation’s move toward energy independence as we harness our natural resources for production of electricity,” Robo said. “It is a clean, renewable source of energy.”
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