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New World Power Corp chooses European technology for development of new wind energy plant in Texas. New World's partner, Westinghouse, is both contractor and operator for the project. Much is expected of the partnership which intends to develop considerable wind capacity overseas, especially in the Third World.

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European technology has been chosen for a 40 MW wind plant to be developed in Texas by New World Power Corp of the United States. Significantly, giant Westinghouse Electric Corp will not only be the general contractor for the project, it will also operate it. New World has chosen 80, 500 kW E-40 wind turbines from Enercon of Germany, says the company's Kathi Miller.

A 15 year power purchase has been agreed with TU Electric of Dallas, a unit of Texas Utilities Co, one of the largest investor owned utilities in the US. The project, on ranch land near Big Spring, is part of the utility's integrated resource plan and must be approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas. It would be in service by the autumn of 1996.

The Westinghouse involvement is highly significant. It is the first sign of how the corporation -- which owns 4% of New World's stock -- might participate in wind plant development by New World. Westinghouse as contractor and operator is especially notable, as New World plans much of its future development overseas, especially in the Third World. It would take a company like Westinghouse with its existing network of personnel and technical expertise to provide the proper back-up for projects.

For Enercon it is the first major overseas order for its unique gearless turbine. New World announced some weeks ago that it is negotiating an exclusive western hemisphere agreement with Enercon. There is talk, too, of Westinghouse being involved in manufacture of the Enercon machines.

Electricity will be produced by the wind plant for $0.04/kWh, says TU Electric. New World's proposal was selected from 28 submitted by nine different wind energy firms and consortiums. Wind speeds at the site are 16 to 17 mph, says New World. "The TU Electric wind power project is an important step for New World as well as for the renewable generation industry," says New World's John Kuhns. "Given its indigenous resources we believe TU Electric and its customers in west Texas will find wind power becoming a significant ingredient in the region's supply of industry."

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