Texas Wind Energy Project Wins Top Honors

TXU Energy received the “Project of the Year Award” from the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) for its participation in the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm at Brazos. TREIA honored the project for its outstanding performance in implementing renewable energy in Texas in 2003.

Dallas, Texas – November 26, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “TXU Energy is pleased to be recognized for its involvement in this wind energy project, which is part of our renewable energy efforts,” said Peter Greenberg, TXU Energy Vice President of Origination and Business Development. “TXU Energy is already the largest purchaser of wind power in Texas and the Southwest, and this project brings to seven the number of wind farms with which TXU Energy is involved.” According to TXU Energy, the company’s renewable projects in Texas provide enough energy to power more than 120,000 homes. TXU Energy’s role in the wind project is to purchase all of the energy produced at the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm. “This wind project will avoid an estimated 360,000 tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of taking all the cars and SUVs in Houston off the road for about a week,” said Dr. Paul Zweiacker, TXU Energy director of Environmental Services. “Projects such as this demonstrate TXU Energy’s commitment to continuous environmental improvement.” TXU Energy stated that the 160-MW wind farm is the first and largest to be built since Texans were given the right to choose their retail electric provider. A joint project with Green Mountain Energy and Cielo Wind Power, the wind farm will generate enough energy to power 30,000 average Texas households. Cielo Wind and Green Mountain were also honored along with TXU Energy. The wind farm consists of 160 Mitsubishi wind generators, which produce approximately one MW. Each turbine is 230 feet tall, weighs 370,000 pounds and produces zero emissions. Every year TREIA recognizes elected officials, industry leaders and volunteers for outstanding performance in promoting or implementing renewable energy for Texas. The award was presented at a luncheon in conjunction with the San Antonio Energy Leadership/Texas Renewables ’03 Conference held at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

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