German energy company plants wind farm seed in Texas

E.ON says a new wind farm planned near the southern Texas coast will be its 22nd in the United States.
By Daniel J. Graeber Follow @dan_graeber Contact the Author   |   Dec. 8, 2016 at 7:12 AM
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ESSEN, Germany, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Claiming a leadership position in North America, a German energy company said it's planning to install a wind farm in the oil-rich state of Texas.

German energy company E.ON said it plans to build a 228-megawatt wind farm near the southern Texas coast. The Bruenning Breeze wind farm will be the 22nd wind farm constructed by the German company in the United States.

"This decision reflects our strong commitment to further develop renewables in the U.S. market," Michael Lewis, the head of the renewables division at E.ON, said in a statement. "Projects like Bruenning's Breeze demonstrate that we are clearly competitive with conventional power and we will continue our goal to further drive down the costs of renewable energy."

The company already entered the construction phase for a wind farm in Illinois before making the Texas announcement. Combined, E.ON has 3 gigawatts of power installed in North America and claims a leadership position in the region in onshore wind farms. Almost half of that capacity is in the United States.

E.ON started operations at the Colbeck's Corner wind farm in Amarillo, Texas, its 20th wind farm in the United States, in August.

Texas is the No. 1 oil producer in the nation, but added the most wind capacity of any state last year. The German energy company said wind farms are becoming more cost-competitive, with the budget for the Texas projects coming below what similar projects cost in 2009.

A report in May from the American Wind Energy Association found the wind energy sector is on pace to meet about 10 percent of the electricity in the United States by 2020.

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