Bids totalling 40 MW of wind power have been chosen by Texas Utilities Electric Co (TU Electric) of Dallas in response to a request for proposals that was originally for 65 MW of wind (Windpower Monthly, December 1993). TU's Kathi Miller says the utility will buy power totalling 100 million kWh a year for 15 years -- probably from about 80, 500 kW wind turbines or 130, 300 kW machines. The winner or winners were chosen from 28 wind bids from nine developers totalling 2.6 billion kWh at a cost ranging from a little over eight cents to less than four cents a kilowatt hour.
"We expect to pay a little less than four cents," she says. Only 40 MW was chosen rather than 65 MW as the wind projects had higher capacity factors than expected. Names of the winners were not due for release until later in June. The renewables request included 1 MW of solar power.