Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy's Commercial Businesses, announced the completion of its largest-ever wind power construction projects, Los Vientos I and II in south Texas, adding 402 MW to the company's renewable energy fleet.
Austin Energy is buying all of the output and associated renewable energy credits from the 202 MW Los Vientos II wind power project, sited in Willacy and Cameron counties.
Both phases of Los Vientos were completed and placed into service on time — based on customer agreements — in late December. Because of their geographical location, about 120 miles south of Corpus Christi and 20 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, these projects will generate the majority of their power during the day, when peak power demand is highest.
Duke Energy Renewables will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and community open house at the Los Vientos operations and maintenance building on January 26.
In addition to the two Los Vientos wind farms, Duke Energy Renewables completed three other wind power projects in 2012, including:
· 168-MW Ironwood wind power project in Ford County, Kan.
· 131-MW Cimarron II wind power project in Gray County, Kan.
· 69-MW Laurel Hill wind power project in Lycoming County, Pa.
Duke Energy also has three other wind power projects in Texas: Sweetwater in Nolan County; Ocotillo in Howard County; and Notrees in Ector and Winkler Counties. Since 2007, Duke Energy has invested more than $2.5 billion to grow its commercial wind and solar business.
Austin Energy serves more than 420,000 customers and operating revenues of $1.2 billion. Austin Energy has a diverse generation portfolio of nearly 3,000 MW consisting of natural gas, nuclear, coal and renewable energy.
CPS Energy is the nation's largest municipally owned natural gas and electric utility, providing service to about 728,000 electric and 328,000 natural gas customers in the Greater San Antonio area.