Lincoln, Kansas, February 26, 2008 Enel SpA, through its subsidiary Enel North America, Inc., announced today the completion of a 101 megawatts (MW) wind farm in Kansas. The Smoky Hills Phase I project will produce energy sufficient to power more than 37,000 average Kansas homes annually and it is the largest operating wind project ever set up by Enel.
Enel CEO Fulvio Conti stated: We are today achieving yet another major step forward in our strategy of development of renewables and innovative generation solutions. We continue to deliver in our plan to abate CO2 emissions, one of the most advanced in the world.
The Smoky Hills I, Kansas Wind project, located in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties, 140 miles west of Topeka, utilizes 56 Vestas V80 1.8-megawatt wind turbines. The project, developed by TradeWind Energy LLC, is owned by Smoky Hills Wind Farm, LLC which became a subsidiary of and purchased by Enel in 2007, is now delivering wind power to three local utilities: Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Midwest Energy, Inc., and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities. GE Energy Financial Services has invested in the project.
Enel and Tradewind are continuing to develop the Smoky Hills site that has the potential to be further expanded to reach about 250 MW of total installed capacity.
Enel is one of Europe's leading power companies. It produces, distributes and sells electricity and gas across Europe, North America and Latin America. With 19,000 MW using renewable energy resources (hydro, geothermal, wind, solar and biomass) across the world, Enel is a world leader in the sector. In December 2006, Enel announced a 4.1 billion euro investment plan in renewable energy. For more information, visit www.enel.com.
About Enel North America, Inc.
Enel North America, Inc. is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America, with projects operating and under development in 20 U.S. States and three Canadian Provinces. Enel North America owns and operates over 70 projects with an installed capacity of 573 MW powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and biomass energy. Enel North America is currently constructing the 27 MW St. Lawrence Wind Project in Newfoundland, Canada, developing and further expanding wind sites in Texas, and several geothermal projects in Nevada, Utah and California. Enel North America and Tradewind Energy entered into a strategic partnership agreement in 2006. The company is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.enelnorthamerica.com.
About TradeWind Energy, LLC
TradeWind Energy, LLC was founded in 2001 and is a leading developer of wind energy in Kansas and surrounding Midwestern states with a wind project pipeline of over 2000 MWs. TradeWinds management team has a strong combination of independent power producer industry experience and a physical presence in, and focus on, Midwest wind energy markets. Together, the team members have over 60 years of combined experience with different power project technologies, including wind, gas, coal, hydro, and biomass. For more information, visit: www.tradewindenergy.com.
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