Duke Energy to purchase 150
megawatts of wind turbines
Assets join legion of development projects by Duke
Duke Energy is expanding its renewable energy portfolio
through a contract to purchase 100 wind turbines from General Electric.
The turbines, capable of generating a total of 150 megawatts, are anticipated
to be in service in the 2009-2010 timeframe on sites currently under review
in the western and southwestern United States.
The company’s wind generation assets are managed by Duke Energy Generation
Services (DEGS), a Duke Energy subsidiary that focuses on renewable energy,
commercial power and on-site energy across the United States.
Earlier this year, DEGS acquired the development assets of Tierra Energy,
a wind power development company located in Austin, Texas. The purchase included
more than 1,000 megawatts of wind assets under development in the western
and southwestern United States. Three of the projects in development - a
total of approximately 240 megawatts - are located in Texas and Wyoming,
and are anticipated to be in commercial operation in late 2008 or early 2009.
Terms of the contract with General Electric were not disclosed.