Duke Energy Renewables completes 200-MW windfarm, sells power to Austin Energy

Written By: Stratton Report
August 3, 2016


On August 3, Duke Energy Renewables announced the completion of Los Vientos IV windfarm, the last of its five area projects to begin operation.

Austin Energy is purchasing the power and associated renewable energy credits from the 200-MW Los Vientos IV wind farm under a 25-year agreement, increasing its total output purchased from Duke Energy Renewables to more than 665 MW.

Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology observed:

“Four years ago, we first began capturing the winds off the gulf with Los Vientos I and II in Willacy County. Since then, we’ve brought three other Los Vientos wind projects on line, delivering 900 MW of clean energy to South Texas. With 500 MW of that total in Starr County, we’d like to thank county leaders and our business partners for helping us deliver clean, low-cost renewable energy to south Texas customers and provide economic benefits to this region.”

Vestas supplied 100 turbines for Los Vientos IV and will service the project under a three-year operations and maintenance agreement.

Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada noted: “With the turbines installed at Los Vientos IV, Vestas crossed a historic milestone — 75 gigawatts installed in 75 countries.

We’re especially proud to have accomplished this on the Los Vientos IV project, a testament to our valued partnership with Duke Energy, a demonstrated renewable energy leader.”