BP Alternative Energy North America has revealed plans to start construction on five wind power generation projects in the US in 2007. The combined generating capacity of the new stations is forecast to be 550MW.

The projects will be located in four states, namely California, Colorado, North Dakota and Texas. When complete, the projects will exceed the company’s previously announced target to build 450MW by the end of 2008.

Today’s announcement marks an important step in delivering BP’s commitment to producing low and zero-carbon electricity, said Robert Lukefahr, president of BP Alternative Energy North America. Our 2007 build program surpasses our target and does so a year ahead of schedule. It is a testament to the caliber of people working in our business and the opportunities in the US wind sector.

Construction is already underway on the Cedar Creek project in Weld County, Colorado. The 300MW wind power generation project will be comprised of 274 wind turbines. Initial operation is expected in the second half of 2007 and, when fully commercial, the project will generate enough carbon-free electricity to power 120,000 homes.

Construction on the remaining four plants is yet to start.