Wind conditions in the Texas Panhandle are some of the best in the country for generating power, and we’re capitalizing on this to deliver clean, affordable renewable energy to customers. We currently have about 1,780 megawatts of wind generation on our system serving customers in New Mexico and Texas—or enough clean wind capacity to power about 653,000 average-size homes for a year. We purchase our wind generation under long-term agreements with wind farm owners and through qualified generating facilities.
In 2015, we completed plans to expand our wind portfolio by adding three new wind farms at prices competitive with natural gas generation. We began purchasing power from the 199-megawatt Mammoth Plains Wind Energy Center in Oklahoma and the 249-megawatt Palo Duro Wind Energy Center in Texas at the end of 2014, and the 250-megawatt Roosevelt Wind Ranch in New Mexico joined our system at the end of 2015.
As our wind generation portfolio grows, we continue to improve system operations through advanced wind forecasting and process changes. Our efforts are helping achieve new system records. On Nov. 15, 2015, wind power on our system serving New Mexico and Texas supplied 50 percent of our customers’ energy for the entire day.
|Curry (Texico)||Texico, NM||2 MW||1999, 2003|
|White Deer||White Deer, TX||80 MW||2002|
|Caprock||Quay County, NM||80 MW||2004|
|San Juan||Elida, NM||120 MW||2005|
|Wildorado||Wildorado, TX||161 MW||2007|
|Spinning Spur||Oldham County, TX||161 MW||2012|
Ochiltree counties, TX
Blaine Counties, OK
|Roosevelt||Roosevelt County, NM||250 MW||2016|
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