Duke To Build Second Phase Of Los Vientos Project

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Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, says it will build, own and operate the 202 MW Los Vientos II wind project. The power and renewable energy credits will be sold to Austin Energy through a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Duke Energy Renewables expects to begin construction of the project by December and plans to bring the wind farm online by the end of 2012. The number of wind turbines included in the project will be determined once the company finalizes a supply agreement with a turbine manufacturer.

The project will be the second phase of a 402 MW project announced in August. The first phase, the 200 MW Los Vientos I wind project, is also expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of 2012. San Antonio-based CPS Energy has agreed to buy all of the output from the first phase of the project under the terms of a 25-year PPA.

Like the first phase, Los Vientos II will be sited in Willacy County, Texas. Part of the project may also be sited in adjacent Cameron County, pending a decision by county officials. If Cameron County officials elect not to participate in the project, the entire Los Vientos II wind farm may be built in Willacy County, according to Duke.

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