In a flurry of activity in July, Florida-based FPL Energy brought its total capacity of wind projects to be completed this year to more than 835 MW, far exceeding that of other US wind developers. Earlier in the month, FPL announced it had bought the 30 MW Meyersdale wind project in Somerset County in south-western Pennsylvania from Zilkha Renewable Energy of Texas and Virginia's Atlantic Renewable Energy. The sale came just two months after the two developers said they would complete the project themselves (Windpower Monthly, June 2003). FPL will begin installing NEG Micon 1.5 MW NEG Micon turbines at the site later this year. The project's output will go to FirstEnergy Solutions, the unregulated arm of Ohio's FirstEnergy Corp. FPL earlier bought Zilkha and Atlantic Renewable's 15 MW Mill Run and 9 MW Somerset projects in Pennsylvania, both of which have long been in operation. FPL is also building the 64.5 MW Waymart wind farm in north-eastern Pennsylvania. FPL further said last month that it will build a 144 MW project in south-western Wyoming that was originally developed by Orion Energy LLC of California, effectively doubling the state's wind power installations from the current 140 MW to 288 MW. In addition, FPL will expand its High Winds Energy Center in Northern California by 16 MW to 162 MW. Both projects use the Vestas 1.8 MW turbine, which has made its first entry into the US market this year. PPM Energy of Portland, Oregon, will buy the entire output of the High Winds project. PPM refuses to confirm, however, that it will buy all or a portion of the output of the Wyoming facility.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol