EDP Renováveis inaugurates 12th wind farm in the United States
EDP Renováveis, through its affiliate Horizon Wind Energy, is to begin generating electricity tomorrow at its Pioneer Prairie wind farm, the group’s first facility in the U.S state of Iowa. The wind farm will have an installed capacity of 301 MW, of which 200 will be operational by the end of the year. When it is completed in 2009, the 182 Vestas turbines installed will produce the equivalent of the electricity consumed by a universe of 90,000 families in Iowa. The energy will be sold on the market. The entry into operation of Horizon’s 12th wind farm in the United States coincides with the official opening of its office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The two investments demonstrate the group’s interest in this central region of the United States.The Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, Minneapolis, North Dakota and South Dakota) holds four of the 10 states with the greatest potential for the production of wind energy, according to estimates of the American Wind Industry Association (AWEA). The presence of the group in this region began in 2007 with the installation of the Prairie Star wind farm (100 MW) in Minnesota, which was reinforced by Pioneer Prairie in Iowa. Of the more than 11,000 MW that Horizon has now in the pipeline, about 1,500 is located in the Upper Midwest.The United States is already the world’s largest producer of wind energy, having surpassed Germany, according to the industry association, AWEA. At the end of this semester, installed capacity in the United States reached 20,152 MW.