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Blowing in the Wind

Dallas-Ft. Worth
Blowing in the Wind
Wind Energy Constructors wind farm
As the American Wind Energy Association's annual expo in Dallas wraps up, word got out that construction started at the 20MW Pringle Wind Farm in the Texas Panhandle. The project is led by lots of joint venturing: Balfour Wind Energy Constructors (a JV between Balfour Beatty Construction and Wind Energy Constructors) together with SW1 (a JV between DeWind Energy Development and Higher Perpetual Energy). SW1's operational subsidiaries awarded DeWind Co. the $30M contract for 10 units of DeWind's D8.2 model turbines. Balfour's JV is also building the 150MW Phase I of the Alta Wind Energy Center near Tehachapi, Calif. Pringle is slated for completion by the end of 3Q 2010.
former President George W. Bush
Bush 43  spoke at the conference Tuesday (photo by Randy Eli Grothe), saying “when we diversify our energy supply, we create jobs.” Consumers often prefer to use wind power when they have the choice, according to GW, citing a recent poll. In fact, 89% of American voters believe the US should develop more wind power, AWEA CEO Denise Bode confirmed. Conference highlight: an all-time record for wind-power production in Texas was set May 23 at 5:16 PM, when it hit  6721MW, meeting 14% of peak electricity demand that afternoon. Those numbers just blow us away.