According to a September 4 article in the Austin Business Journal, Austin Energy plans to purchase an additional 225 MW of wind power to both expand its GreenChoice program and power its municipal facilities. The utility has committed to purchase the output of two new Texas wind farms expected to be operational by the end of 2008—the 60-MW Whirlwind Energy Center and the 165-MW Hackberry Wind Project. About 100 MW of the wind energy will be used to provide the electricity consumed by city facilities, a goal established earlier this year under the city's Climate Protection Plan. The remaining wind energy will become available to consumers through the utility's GreenChoice program, which has been fully subscribed and unable to accept new customers since early 2006. Under the program, consumers can purchase renewable energy at a fixed price for up to 10 years.
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