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NRG Energy Begins Construction On Second West Texas Wind Farm

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Princeton NJ (SPX) Mar 28, 2008
NRG Energy through its wholly owned subsidiary, Padoma Wind Power, has begun construction on the Elbow Creek Wind Project, a 122 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Howard County near Big Spring, Texas. "Adding Elbow Creek to NRG's generation fleet increases our portfolio fuel diversity in Texas," said Jan Paulin, Senior Vice President, NRG and President and CEO, Padoma Wind Power.

"Through these wind projects as well as others in varying stages of development in Texas and California, Padoma will build on NRG's commitment to expanding its ownership of zero fuel, zero-emission wind power."

Construction of the Elbow Creek Wind Project is expected to take nine months with commercial operation achieved by year end. The project will use 53 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbine generators--enough to supply power to nearly 100,000 homes.

"Elbow Creek will contribute to NRG's ability to meet the state's growing electricity demand in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner," said Thad Hill, President, NRG Texas. "Wind is an important part of the RepoweringNRG program in Texas, which is our $10 billion program to repower our State with cleaner nuclear, wind, gas and coal-fueled generation. We are proud to reinvest in Texas."

Last month, NRG announced a 50 percent partnership with BP Alternative Energy North America Inc. to build the first phase of the Sherbino Wind Farm, a 150 MW wind project in Pecos County, Texas.

The Elbow Creek Wind Project will be built on an approximately 6,700-acre tract of land. The ground elevation where wind turbines will be installed is approximately 2,800 feet above sea level. Early land rights to the project were acquired from Wind Plus Holdings, Inc.

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