IRAAN, Texas, May 3, 2002 - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Department of Energy Assistant Secretary David Garman and local officials joined American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), City Public Service (CPS), the municipal electric utility for San Antonio, Texas, and Enron Wind (now GE Wind Energy) today to dedicate the 160.5-megawatt Desert Sky Wind Farm in West Texas.

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Participants in the public dedication ceremony included:

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry
  • David Garman, DOE assistant secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • E. Linn Draper, Jr., chairman, president and CEO, American Electric Power
  • Milton Lee, general manager and CEO, City Public Service
  • Bob Gates, senior vice president, Enron Wind (now GE Wind Energy)
  • State Sen. Frank Lloyd Madla
  • State Rep. Pete P. Gallego
  • Pecos County Judge Delmon Hodges

The Desert Sky Wind Farm (previously known as Indian Mesa and Clear Sky) includes 107 wind turbines, each capable of generating 1.5 megawatts of electricity. CPS is the buyer of Desert Sky's electricity output under a long-term agreement with AEP. AEP is owner of the facility (purchased from Enron Wind on Dec. 31, 2001.) Enron Wind (now GE Wind Energy) built the facility and provides operations and maintenance services.


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