Wind Energy Group Gives Award to Texas Utility

A Texas utility has received an award from the American Wind Energy Association for leading the “wind energy boom” in that state.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-06-08 [SolarAccess.com] A Texas utility has received an award from the American Wind Energy Association for leading the “wind energy boom” in that state. TXU of Dallas received the ‘Utility Leadership Award’ at the annual conference, Windpower 2001. Investments in wind energy in Texas will grow 400 percent this year, from 188 MW in 2000 to 800 MW by the end of this year, in generating capacity installed in the state. TXU will purchase electricity from large windfarms such as Big Spring, Pecos Wind and Trent Mesa, and will provide Texas with enough wind power for 72,000 homes when retail electricity competition begins in January. “TXU is proud to receive the Leadership Award,” says vice president Charles Jenkins. “TXU has contracts for more than double its amount of required renewable energy in Texas. As the technology advances we believe wind power will grow in importance.” Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) received the ‘Congressional Leadership Award’ for his commitment and advocacy on behalf of wind energy. North Dakota is the windiest state in the U.S., and federal estimates place the potential for generation from wind at 1.2 trillion kWh each year … almost one third of the total electricity generation in the country. “The winds of North Dakota and of the Great Plains are a strategic national resource, and developing them should be a national energy priority, ” says Dorgan. Republican representative Mark Foley of Florida also received an award for leading the effort to extend the wind energy production tax credit. Other awards at the AWEA event include: – FPL Energy for its role in optimizing the economics of wind in the U.S. market. – Vestas-American Wind Technology for its role in the rebirth of the market for wind energy in the U.S. – Brian McNiff in recognition of contributions to the advancement of wind technology. – State Leadership Award to David Wooley for his role in developing a favorable policy environment for wind in the Pacific Northwest. – Special Achievement Award to Angus Duncan of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation for laying a foundation for the emerging market for wind in the Pacific Northwest. – Michael Davies of Fortis Bank for his role in providing critical investment support for the growing market for wind power. – Wind Energy Advocacy Award to the Natural Resources Defense Council for supporting sustainable energy policies at national, regional and state levels. – Lifetime Achievement Award to Johannes Poulsen of Vestas. – Bob Thresher for his leadership of the National Wind Technology Center. – Outstanding Achievement in Operations to Ben Givens of American Electric Power for the development of wind power generation. The wind energy industry in the United States is heading toward its best year ever, with 1,500 MW of new wind capacity expected to be installed by the end of the year, representing a growth rate of 60 percent. Wind energy continues to be the fastest growing energy resource in the world with 34 percent global growth expected this year. “The American wind energy industry has hit its stride,” says AWEA executive director Randall Swisher. “Our continued growth, and the promise of continued strong growth over the next few decades really means that wind energy is the energy resource for the 21st century. In fact, we estimate that wind energy can produce 6 percent of U.S. electricity supply by 2020.”
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