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Mexico's first utility-scale wind plant, the $2.2 million 1.6 MW project at La Venta in Oaxaca, achieved an average capacity factor of 63.8% during its first seven months of operation from July to January. The highest capacity factor was 82.4% in December. Lower figures during some months were because of electrical line failures and not the performance of the Vestas V27 turbines, says Roberto Cadenas of the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), which owns the plant. The seven turbines were put on line in July. CFE estimates the potential of La Venta as 2000 MW, yet American wind plant developer, New World Power Corp, which developed the project for CFE, has estimated the potential as 20,000 MW. Construction of a second wind project, 27 MW proposed for the La Venta area, would begin in the last quarter of this year, says Cadenas. Plans are not final, but CFE is "encouraging the construction" of the plant.

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