Monday, April 13 2009
It is nice to see that the State of Indiana is a leading contender in the growth of wind energy. Wind energy will play an important factor in the future and all will benefit us all as a clean source of energy.
Indiana Leads Nation in Wind Energy Growth
This is a big week for Indiana's thriving wind energy sector. Groundbreakings are set for two wind farms and a third is expected to be brought online to provide electricity. Governor Mitch Daniels has proclaimed today through April 18 "Indiana Wind Energy Week." The events are being highlighted today by a national study from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) indicating Indiana is the state with the fastest wind power growth rate in the nation.
Phase I of Meadow Lake Wind Farm has an initial proposed installed capacity of 200 megawatts (MW) - enough to power 60,000 average Indiana homes with clean energy each year. The project has the potential to eventually reach 1,000 MW, ultimately powering 250,000 homes.
The first phase of Meadow Lake Wind Farm will prevent the annual emission of 640,000 tons of carbon dioxide, a contributor to climate change. The project will also help avoid nearly 2.3 million pounds of nitrogen oxide, which causes smog and 8.4 million pounds tons of sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain, helping meet the national reduction goals for those pollutants. The annual environmental benefits are equivalent to taking 64,000 cars off of the road.
Meadow Lake Wind Farm will yield significant economic benefits to the local community in the form of payments to landowners, well-paying jobs, local spending and annual community investment. Construction of the first phase of the wind farm will create about 400 temporary jobs and 20 permanent, full-time jobs.
About Horizon Wind Energy
Horizon Wind Energy develops, constructs, owns and operates wind farms throughout North America. Based in Houston, Texas with over 20 offices across the United States, Horizon has developed more than 2,500 megawatts (MW) and operates over 2,000 MW of wind farms.
Horizon is owned by EDP Renováveis S.A. (“EDPR”), a global leader in the renewable energy sector that designs, develops, manages and operates power plants that generate electricity using renewable energy sources. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years. Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the parent company of EDPR, is a vertically-integrated utility company, headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal. Through its various constituent businesses, EDP holds significant electricity and gas operations in Europe, Brazil, and the United States.
For more information, visit www.horizonwind.com and www.edprenovaveis.com
Source: Inside INdiana Business & Horizon Wind Energy