Electricity consumers in western Texas and New Mexico will be able to purchase power generated from wind farms on King Mountain.
FORT WORTH, Texas, US, 2001-04-04 <SolarAccess.com> Starting in July, Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) will sell ‘Energy Ranch’ wind power to its 238,000 customers in the two states, as well as to customers of its retail affiliate, First Choice Power. The turbines on King Mountain will displace the need for generation from coal, oil or natural gas, and will offset the use of significant quantities of water and tons of emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide. “By choosing Energy Ranch wind power, TNMP customers will help save more than four million gallons of water a year,” says vice president Larry Dillon. “That’s the amount of water used to generate a like amount of electricity from oil or gas. In Texas, we all know the importance of water conservation, especially given last year’s drought conditions.” The average residential customer in Texas consumes 1,100 kWh of electricity each month, and purchasing wind power will increase that cost by 1c/kWh, or $1 a month per 100 kwh block of windpower purchased. “Green power is an option many of our customers have requested,” explains Dillon. “Energy Ranch now presents an easy solution to add as much or as little renewable energy as a customer wants.” TNMP will undertake a joint marketing agreement with Cielo Power Market, and enrollment for the Energy Ranch program will be offered on a first-come basis. Cielo Power Market is an affiliate of Cielo Wind Power, LLC, a private company based in Austin that is a major wind developer in Texas.