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New 125-Megawatt Texas Wind Farm Providing Energy to TXU


TXU Wholesale, a subsidiary of TXU Corp, and Airtricity, a world-leading renewable energy company based in Dublin, Ireland, today announced that Airtricity has completed construction of the Forest Creek Wind Farm, increasing TXU Wholesale's renewable energy capacity by 125 MW.

The wind farm is expected to provide power for more than 24,000 homes -- enough to meet the annual energy needs of about 56,000 Texans. It is located approximately 25 miles southeast of Big Spring, Texas.

"The Forest Creek Wind Farm is yet another tangible demonstration of TXU's commitment to clean energy technologies," said Mike McCall, Chairman and CEO of TXU Wholesale. "In our recent press release announcing execution of a definitive merger agreement with an investor group led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Texas Pacific Group, we announced that we plan to double our wind power purchases to 1,500 MW and increase investment in alternative energy, maintaining our status as the largest buyer of wind power in Texas. The Forest Creek project further diversifies Texas' energy supply, which will enhance affordability and price stability."

TXU Wholesale and its affiliates currently have contracts for 705 MW of renewable energy from 756 wind turbines.

"Airtricity is pleased to be a part of bringing new green power sources to Texas customers and we applaud TXU's efforts to increase its green purchasing," said Airtricity CEO Eddie O'Connor. "Bringing our first North American project online is a major milestone for Airtricity, and is part of major expansion plans for Airtricity in the U.S. and Texas."

The wind farm generates electricity from 54 2.3-MW Siemens wind turbines. Airtricity owns and operates the facility.





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