FPL Wind Power Projects Go Into Operation In Texas & Washington

278-megawatt (MW) King Mountain Clean Energy Center near Odessa, Texas, and the 263-MW Stateline Clean Energy Center near Walla Walla, Washington, began operations in mid-December 2001.

Published: 07-Jan-2002

NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) - FPL Group unit FPL Energy LLC said on Monday it began full operation of two large wind power plants, one in Texas and one in Washington state.

The company, the nation's largest wind energy producer, said the 278-megawatt (MW) King Mountain Clean Energy Center near Odessa, Texas, and the 263-MW Stateline Clean Energy Center near Walla Walla, Washington, began operations in mid-December 2001.

The two plants join three other wind power facilities FPL started in 2001 -- 160 MW at Woodward Mountain, also near Odessa, Texas, 112 MW in Gray County, Kansas, and 30 MW in Monfort, Wisconsin.

FPL Energy operates 1,830 MW and owns 1,439 MW of wind power facilities in eight states.

"(Wind power) is a clean, renewable source of energy that can be sited, built and in operation much more rapidly than conventional fossil fuel facilities," FPL Energy vice president of wind development, Dean Gosselin said.

The company said it will continue to look for appropriate sites for wind power development, but expressed concern about the future of the renewable energy source following the December 2001 expiration of the federal wind energy production tax credit.

"Elimination of the federal production tax credit for wind power will negatively impact future construction of these important renewable energy power plants across the country," Gosselin said.

"FPL Energy will continue working with members of Congress to extend the wind energy production tax credit," he added.

Juno Beach, Florida-based FPL Group's principal subsidiary, Florida Power and Light Co., serves some 7.3 million people along the eastern seaboard and the southern portion of Florida.

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