Abilene, Texas, is the site of a new 233 MW wind generation project under development by AES Corp.
The company has signed a 10-year power purchase agreement with Texas retail electric provider Direct Energy from the Buffalo Gap 2 farm, an extension of the existing 121 MW Buffalo Gap 1 which began operations this year.
“Wind is a key component of AES’s strategy to aggressively grow our alternative energy business. We recently announced plans to triple our investment in the sector over the next three years and we will continue targeting opportunities in high growth markets like Texas,” said William Luraschi, AES executive vice president of business development.
AES purchased 155 GE 1.5 MW wind generators, with D.H. Blattner & Sons the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project. Commercial operation is expected in mid-2007.