In Texas, TXU Energy says it now buys 385 MW of renewable energy, an eight-fold increase over what it bought in 2000 and enough to satisfy the renewables portfolio standard set for 2003 by the Texas Electric Choice Act. TXU Energy's Vice President Charles Jenkins says the company bought electricity from 50 wind turbines in West Texas at the beginning of 2001, but today the turbines number 440. Among the wind projects TXU Energy buys from are the 150 MW Trent Mesa project, which is owned by American Electric Power and powered by 1.5 MW Enron turbines, the 83 MW Indian Mesa project, developed by National Wind Power and powered by Vestas 660 kW turbines, and FPL Energy's 160 MW Woodward Mountain, which uses Vestas 660 kW turbines. The total build-out for wind projects in Texas in 2001 was 831 MW. Other renewable energy bought by TXU Energy in Texas comes from hydropower, biomass and landfill gas projects. The utility says it plans to continue to buy renewables in the future.
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