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Texas to get another wind giant with 240 MW project

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Texas will get another giant wind farm in September 2003. Austin's Cielo Wind Power LLC announced plans last month to build the 240 MW Noelke Hill Wind Ranch using Mitsubishi 1 MW turbines. TXU Energy of Dallas will buy the entire output for 15 years, with an option for an additional five years, boosting the company's purchases of renewable energy to 624 MW. The project will be located in West Texas near McCamey, the centre of Texas wind development. It is also an area where transmission to the eastern population centres has been constrained. Even before the Noelke Hill project, TXU was buying enough renewable energy to meet its 2003 Texas renewable portfolio standard (RPS) obligations. The RPS requires 2000 MW of renewable energy resources in the state by 2009, with 1000 MW on-line by the end of 2003. Noelke Hill will push the state past that goal. TXU also buys wind generation from Trent Mesa, Indian Mesa and Woodward Canyon projects, all in West Texas. Cielo says is also considering a project in the US Northwest.

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