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PR pitfall for Texan claiming the state had surpassed California in wind stakes

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A public claim by Texan Mike Sloan that his home state had passed California as the US leader in wind power development may have been premature, he admits after the wind industry's annual conference in June. Sloan, who heads Virtus Energy Research Associates, made his statement based on the 1500 MW and more coming online in Texas this year. He believes that FPL Energy's 400 MW Horse Hollow III project will be the one to push Texas ahead of California, which has been the country's dominant wind power state for the past quarter century. The year began with California showing 2112 MW and Texas at 2099 MW, but California has since added PPM Energy's 150 MW Shiloh project. "As far as I understand, the Shiloh project is the only big one that's come online in California so far this year," says Sloan. "But we've got all those Horse Hollow turbines coming online in June and my hunch is that we now have more installed capacity. So if it's not today it's just a matter of days. Unless they pull some miracles out, California better start looking in the rearview mirror."

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