Siemens Gets 500-MW Order from FPL

Siemens Energy has received one of its largest wind turbine orders ever. FPL Energy has ordered 218 Siemens wind turbines to be installed at several wind farms across the U.S. for delivery in 2009.

Siemens will deliver 218 of its 2.3-megawatt (MW) wind turbines to FPL Energy in 2009 for a total capacity of approximately 500 MW. Together with this order, Siemens has received US $2.4 billion in wind turbine orders in the U.S. to date this fiscal year. 

“This order is evidence of the tremendous growth that Siemens Energy is experiencing in the wind energy business,” said René Umlauft, CEO of the Siemens Renewable Energy Division. “FPL Energy is a very important customer, and we are pleased that they have chosen us once again to supply our high-quality wind turbines for their projects.”

The order comes as the U.S. wind industry reacts to the release of a technical report from the U.S. Department of Energy in which a scenario where wind makes up 20% of the country’s overall electricity mix by 2030 was studied. Under the 20% wind scenario, installations of new wind power capacity would increase to more than 16,000 megawatts (MW) per year by 2018, and continue at that rate through 2030. Such investment would support roughly 500,000 jobs in the U.S., with an average of more than 150,000 workers directly employed by the wind industry, according to report.

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