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More and more in Texas -- RPS rush continues

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More than 850 MW in seven wind projects are in the works in Texas to meet the requirements of the state's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). That is a jump of 150 MW-plus in projects that look likely this year, compared with just a month ago (Windpower Monthly, March 2001).

In late February, Enron Wind and Enron Power Marketing announced a 135 MW project near Iraan in Pecos County to consist of 90 Enron 1.5 MW units. It is to be finished by year's end. Enron says it will be the first large wind project that allows wholesale customers to buy portions of the production, rather than all of the output for the life of the project.

The Enron news came just days after Cielo Wind Power announced an 80 MW wind power plant near White Deer, east of Amarillo. The company has signed a 15 year power purchase agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy of Minneapolis. Construction is to start in July for completion this year. The turbines will reportedly come from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

In a significant development in the wind plans, the King Mountain project being developed by Britain's Renewable Energy Systems and Cielo, to consist of Danish-made Bonus 1.5 MW units, will now be as large as 278.2 MW. In the August announcement of the project it was to total 208 MW. The developers say it will be operational by year-end and thus qualify for the current Production Tax Credit.

National Wind Power, part of the UK company Innogy, has broken ground on an 82.5 MW project, using Vestas 660 kW turbines, at a site called Indian Mesa with the power to be sold to TXU, the Dallas utility, and the Lower Colorado River Authority, a state agency. Also under construction is a 160 MW Vestas project on Woodward Mountain by Florida Power & Light, also for TXU. And at Trent Mesa near Abilene, 130 MW of Enron 1.5 MW turbines is building with the power to be sold to TXU and American Electric Power (AEP) of Columbus, Ohio.

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