202-MW Wind Power Project by Iberdrola in Texas

Texas leads the nation in producing wind power, now newest 202-megawatt (MW) Penascal Wind Power Project developed by Iberdrola Renewables started producing electricity this week. The project uses 84 Mitsubishi turbines. The power generated will be delivered to customers of CPS Energy of San Antonio and the South Texas Energy Cooperative (STEC). Both CPS and STEC have 15-year agreements to purchase output from the Peñascal’s output.

The Vermont Public Service Board last week, gave Iberdrola and its Deerfield Wind subsidiary the green light to continue development of a 30-MW wind farm in the GreenMountainNational Forest.

One of conditions attached requires that "most" of the power from the wind farm must be sold to Vermont utilities. It did specify that Deerfield should enter into long-term contracts offering stable prices with Vermont power companies.

The towns of Readsboro and Searsburg, where the wind farm is set to be located, would be paid annually by Deerfield for hosting the wind turbines. Readsboro would receive US $154,000 while Searsburg would get $240,000.

Should the wind facility produce less than 65 percent of its projected output for two consecutive years, a process of decommissioning would be initiated.


By Vasil Sidorov on April 22, 2009 after RenewableEnergyWorld.com



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