Shell WindEnergy adds to US portfolio

Shell WindEnergy, part of Shell Renewables has added the 80 MW Llano Estacado Wind Ranch to its portfolio and says it intends to develop 1000 MW in Europe & the United States.

The Llano Estacado Wind Ranch t near White Deer, Texas becomes the second US wind farm for Shell WindEnergy, Inc. Developed by Cielo Wind Power LLC of Austin, Texas, Llano Estacado Wind Ranch, joins the Rock River I, a 50 MW plant near Arlington, Wyoming in Shell’s growing wind portfolio.

The wind generation plants utilize 1MW Mitsubishi wind turbine/generator sets to produce power, with 50 sets at Rock River I and eighty sets at Llano Estacado. Rock River I became commercial in November 2001 & Llano Estacado started commercial operation on January 24, 2002.

Separately, Shell said today that Friday it will start selling green, or sustainable, electricity to Dutch consumers on March 1. The company said it would team up with Sweden’s Vattenfall Group, which will generate the biomass-generated energy.

Shell said it will offer its product at “competitive prices,” but gave no specifics.

The Dutch market for sustainable energy is fully liberalized. The market for regular electricity has been liberalized in phases and is scheduled to be fully freed up in 2004.

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