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E.ON to reach 1 GW of wind plant in the US

By this month, E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, a unit of German utility E.ON, expects to own and operate more than 1 GW of wind plant in the US. The company is finishing its 258 MW Pyron project and the third phase of its Roscoe wind farm to bring total capacity to 593.5 MW. The company's Declan Flanagan, who leads wind development in the US, expects E.ON to finish the year with 1.7 GW of installed wind power if all construction is completed on schedule. Texas remains the main focus, where the Panther Creek III project will bring another 200 MW online, in addition to the 180 MW Papalote Creek wind plant. This year also marks the opening of an office in Denver, Colorado, and the building of the 52.5 MW Stony Creek wind farm in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The company has been busy acquiring property in both states for more than two years. Flanagan says that despite the economic downturn, E.ON continues to carry out plans on schedule. "We have the advantage of scale and financing strength greater than some of the others. So like everyone else, we're moving forward cautiously and diligently in these uncertain times," says Flanagan.

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