200 MW Wind Power Project Goes Online in Starr County, Texas

Environmental Leader | January 06, 2020

Duke Energy Renewables has announced that its 200-MW Mesteño Windpower project in Starr County, Texas began commercial operation Dec. 31, 2019. It is Duke Energy’s fourth wind generation facility in Starr County and its eleventh in Texas. The project’s output will be sold into the ERCOT market and Duke Energy Renewables has entered into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production. Mesteño contains turbines 590.5 feet tall – some of the tallest wind turbines in the United States. The tall tower turbines harness stronger winds, which result in an increase in wind energy production. During peak construction, the wind project created approximately 200 jobs. It will also deliver more than $16 million in tax revenue over the first 10 years of its operation.

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Under the Climate Change Act, the Government is required to publish a set of policies and proposals that will enable the legally-binding carbon budgets, on track to the 2050 target, to be met. The Clean Growth Strategy, published in October 2017, presents the Government's plans.

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