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."
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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