DALLAS, Nov. 25, 2003 — TXU Energy received the “Project of the Year Award” recently from the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) for its participation in the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm at Brazos. TREIA is honoring the project for its outstanding performance in implementing renewable energy in Texas in 2003.
“TXU Energy is pleased to be recognized for its involvement in this wind energy project, which is part of our renewable energy efforts,” said Peter Greenberg, TXU Energy vice president of Origination and Business Development. “TXU Energy is already the largest purchaser of wind power in Texas and the Southwest, and this project brings to seven the number of wind farms with which TXU Energy is involved.”
TXU Energy renewable projects in Texas provide enough energy to power more than 120,000 homes. In 2001, TXU was honored by the American Wind Energy Association for “leading the Texas wind energy boom.” Worldwide, TXU is involved in renewable projects providing enough energy to power the annual energy needs of about 615,000 people.
“This wind project will avoid an estimated 360,000 tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of taking all the cars and SUVs in Houston off the road for about a week,” said Dr. Paul Zweiacker, TXU Energy director of Environmental Services. “Projects such as this demonstrate TXU Energy’s commitment to continuous environmental improvement.”
TXU Energy’s role in the wind project is to purchase all of the energy produced at the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm.
The 160 megawatt wind farm is the first and largest to be built since Texans were given the right to choose their retail electric provider. A joint project with Green Mountain Energy and Cielo Wind Power, LLC, the wind farm will generate enough energy to power 30,000 average Texas households. Cielo Wind and Green Mountain were also honored along with TXU Energy.
The wind farm consists of 160 Mitsubishi wind generators, which produce approximately one megawatt. Each turbine is 230 feet tall, weighs 370,000 pounds and produces zero emissions.
Every year TREIA recognizes elected officials, industry leaders and volunteers for outstanding performance in promoting or implementing renewable energy for Texas. The award was presented at a luncheon November 21 in conjunction with the San Antonio Energy Leadership/Texas Renewables ’03 Conference being held at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio.
TXU Energy is a subsidiary of TXU. TXU is a major energy company with operations in North America and Australia. TXU manages a diverse energy portfolio with a strategic mix of over $30 billion of assets. TXU’s distinctive business model for competitive markets integrates generation, portfolio management, and retail into one single business.
The regulated electric and natural gas distribution and transmission businesses complement the competitive operations, using asset management skills developed over more than one hundred years, to provide reliable energy delivery to consumers and earnings and cash flow for stakeholders.
In its primary market of Texas, TXU’s portfolio includes 19,000 megawatts of generation and additional contracted capacity with a fuel mix of coal/lignite, natural gas/oil, nuclear power and wind. TXU serves more than five million customers in North America and Australia, including 2.6 million competitive electric customers in Texas where it is the leading energy retailer. Visit www.txucorp.com for more information about TXU.