Construction on Buffalo Gap 2, a 233 MW addition to AES Corporation's existing 121 MW Buffalo Gap wind farm, got underway in late August. The new project, near Abilene, Texas, is expected online by the middle of next year. The developer, DH Blattner & Sons, will use GE 1.5 MW turbines to complete the project. The first phase, which came online earlier this year, employs Vestas 1.8 MW machines. A ten year power purchase agreement (PPA) to sell all the project's electricity has been inked with Direct Energy of Texas. "We plan to continue to expand in Texas and have a number of additional projects currently under way," says AES's Ned Hall. "Signing a second PPA with Direct Energy, the counterparty for the first phase of AES's Buffalo Gap project, furthers our partnership with one of the largest purchasers of green electricity in Texas." AES, in the wind generation business since 2004, operates 600 MW of wind facilities. Earlier this year, AES announced plans to triple its investment in wind generation over the next three years and has an additional 2000 MW of US wind projects in development. The company recently expanded its wind generation business to Europe. Direct Energy serves customers in nine US states and Canada.
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