FPL Energy dedicates Wisconsin’s largest wind energy facility

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Aug. 23, 2001 – FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group, today dedicated its 30-MW Montfort Wind Farm, the largest wind-generating facility in Wisconsin.

Electricity generated at the Iowa County facility is being sold under multi-year contracts to Wisconsin Electric-Wisconsin Gas, a subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corporation, and Alliant Energy-Wisconsin Power and Light.

Generating enough electricity to power 10,500 Wisconsin homes, the wind facility consists of twenty 1.5-megawatt Enron wind turbines, which are the largest manufactured in the United States. Outfitted with 110-foot blades mounted atop 215-foot towers, each wind turbine is taller than a 30-story building.

Dean Gosselin, FPL Energy vice president of wind development, expressed the company’s appreciation to those gathered for the dedication when he said, “All understood the need for additional power. All understood the challenges we faced in bringing this project to completion quickly. And all helped us meet those challenges. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

As the nation’s largest generator of wind power, FPL Energy operates wind facilities exceeding 1,000 megawatts of capacity in Iowa, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon and California, and has a net ownership of approximately 800 megawatts. The company also has three wind projects under construction that will add nearly 650 additional megawatts to its portfolio by the end of 2001.

FPL Energy is a independent producer of clean energy, including natural gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric. It owns and operates power plants with more than 4,400 total net megawatts in 12 states across the country. New projects the company has announced, most of which are already under construction, will add nearly 6,000 megawatts of capacity to its portfolio by the end of 2003.

FPL Group, with annual revenues of more than $7 billion, is one of the nation’s largest providers of electricity-related services. FPL Group’s principal subsidiary is Florida Power & Light Company, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving more than seven million people in Florida. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.fplenergy.com, www.fplgroup.com and www.fpl.com.


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