AUSTIN, Texas, November 14, 2002 — An agreement between Xcel Energy and Cielo Wind Power, LLC will add two 660-kilowatt wind turbines by April 2003 to the Llano Estacado Wind Ranchà¢â€ž- at Texico, in eastern Curry County, New Mexico.
The Llano Estacado Wind Ranch at Texico, New Mexico’s only commercial-scale wind-generation facility was established by Cielo in June 1999. Its single turbine generator produces 660 kilowatts of electricity, which is sold to Xcel Energy for resale to the company’s New Mexico Windsource® customers. All of the output of the two new turbines will also be sold through the Windsource® program.
Windsource® customers choose to pay a small premium for electric service to help “sponsor” generation of electricity from wind, a renewable, clean resource. Xcel Energy’s program–available only in New Mexico and Colorado–is one of the largest customer preference-driven wind energy programs in the United States.
The two new turbines, Vestas V47s will generate 1.3 megawatts of electricity, enough for the average annual electricity needs of 450 homes. Each turbine tower is 213 feet tall–comparable to a 21-story building. The turbines will be driven by three-bladed propellers–each of the blades is approximately 75 feet long.
“We’re pleased to offer our New Mexico customers the opportunity to support renewable wind energy through our Windsource® program, and delighted that we are tripling the size of our offering, the first in the Land of Enchantment,” said Gary L. Gibson, Xcel Energy state vice president.
“These new turbines are more evidence of the strong trend of utilities using wind power to meet their power needs,” said Walter Hornaday, president of Cielo Wind Power. “We look forward to working with New Mexico officials and Xcel Energy and other utilities who see wind power as a clean and reliable solution to providing electricity to the citizens in New Mexico.”
Xcel Energy currently buys wind power another Cielo Wind Power project, the Llano Estacado Wind Ranchà¢â€ž- at White Deer. The 80-megawatt project is located in Carson County, Texas.
Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, through its operating company Southwestern Public Service Co., serves approximately one million customers in a 52,000-square-mile area comprised of the South Plains and Panhandle of Texas, eastern New Mexico, the Oklahoma Panhandle and southwestern Kansas. Web site is www.xcelenergy.com.
Cielo Wind Power, LLC develops, maintains and assists with the construction of utility-grade wind power projects. With field offices in McCamey and White Deer, Texas, Austin-based Cielo Wind Power is the largest wind developer in the Southwest and has the largest development staff dedicated solely to cost-effective and environmentally responsible wind project development. Cielo Wind Power is a privately held company. For more information about Cielo, go to www.cielowind.com.