AES to purchase wind generation
assets in California
Arlington, VA— The AES Corporation announced
it will purchase 54 MW of wind generation assets from Enron
Wind Systems in Tehachapi, California, bringing the total wind
generation megawatts AES operates to 654 MW.
The assets include two wind farm projects
encompassing 667 turbines constructed in the mid-1980s in Tehachapi,
California. AES currently operates 274 MW of wind farms in California,
in addition to the wind generation facilities it operates in
Colorado, Oregon, Texas and Wyoming. This year, AES began commercial
operation of its 120 MW Buffalo Gap wind farm in Abilene, Texas.
On April 17, 2006, the company announced plans
to triple its investment in wind generation over the next three
years, as part of its planned $1 billion investment in its alternative
energy businesses. The company currently is pursuing an additional
2,000 MW of wind projects in development, primarily in the United
States. AES also said it is currently developing wind power
projects in Europe, China, India and Central and South America,
with an emphasis on countries with existing AES businesses.
Over the next five years, global installed
wind generation capacity is expected to more than double, according
to Emerging Energy Research. From 2006-2011, capacity is estimated
to expand by nearly 80,000 MW worldwide, bringing the total
installed wind generation capacity to over 152,000 MW. Much
of that growth is expected to occur in North America, where,
by 2010, 6,000 MW of wind generation capacity is expected to
be added each year.