Texas Wind Farm Nears Completion

A $2.2 million wind farm is nearing completion near the Hueco Mountains in Texas.

EL PASO, Texas, US, 2001.03.14 <SolarAccess.com> The two Vestas turbines will be generating electricity by April for El Paso Electric. The 210 foot towers are in place and the 153 foot blades are being lifted into place to generate 1,300 kW (1.3 MW) of green power for customers in the company’s Texas service area. El Paso Electric’s Wind Power Project is the result of customer suggestions that EPE acquire renewable resources and give customers the opportunity to voluntarily participate in a renewable resources purchasing program. The Texas Public Utility Commission must approve rates for EPE’s renewable energy option before the option is available to customers, and the utility has submitted its renewable tariff last month. EPE customers who elect to purchase renewable energy may be able to subscribe and contract for this renewable resource option by the end of this year in whole increments of 100 kWh. EPE signed an agreement with Texas Wind Power Company to develop the two turbine project and to provide operating and maintenance to the turbines for five years. The Vestas turbines each generate 660 kW of electricity. The wind power project is funded by Palo Verde performance reward funds given to EPE by the Texas Public Utility Commission. “After El Paso Electric sponsored a Southwest Town Meeting a few years ago, we began working on a plan that incorporated customer suggestions on dealing with future energy needs,” says Pedro Serrano. “El Paso Electric’s wind power project is the result of customer suggestions that EPE acquire renewable resources and give customers the opportunity to voluntarily participate in a renewable resources purchasing program.”

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