Community-owned utility Austin Energy has added two new wind farms to its portfolio.
Together, the two projects total 293.9 MW of wind energy capacity: The Los Vientos II Windpower Project, built and owned by Duke Energy Renewables, adds an additional 201.6 MW of wind power to the utility's generation portfolio, and the Whitetail Wind Energy facility, built and owned by Exelon Wind, adds 92.3 MW of wind power.
Austin Energy will purchase all of the wind power produced at these facilities for the next 25 years. The addition of these two wind farms brings Austin Energy’s total wind power portfolio to 851 MW and total renewable energy supply to 27%.
At 201.6 MW, the Los Vientos II project is Austin Energy’s largest wind project under contract to date. The wind farm, located near Harlingen, Texas, consists of 84 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 2.4 MW turbines. The Whitetail project is located 30 miles southeast of Laredo, Texas, and has 57 1.62 MW turbines.