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Austin, TX, City Council Approves New Wind Contracts

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The Austin City Council approved two new wind contracts totaling 291 MW and authorized Austin Energy to negotiate a third wind contract of an additional 200 MW, which if approved will bring Austin Energy's renewable energy portfolio to 30 percent of its generation needs by the end of 2012, well within reach of its 35 percent by 2020 goal.

The new wind projects are near the Texas coast and will produce their highest output during peak demand times in the afternoon throughout the year when generation is needed the most as opposed to West Texas wind that blows primarily during evening hours during the spring and winter. The location of the new wind projects also is in an area with sufficient transmission infrastructure and Austin Energy does not foresee transmission congestion issues similar to wind power from West Texas.

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