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Rio South Texas Economic Council
PO Box 4360
Edinburg, TX 78540
Direct Line (956) 928-0641
March 29, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WILLACY COUNTY WIND FARM
RAYMONDVILLE — Duke Energy provides electric and gas services in a sustainable way – affordable, reliable and clean.
Duke Energy is building a large-scale wind farm in Willacy County that will generate 200 megawatts of electricity, enough to power roughly 60,000 homes. The burst of economic activity and construction now taking place in the county is a welcome relief in an area that suffered from hard times long before the recession hit in 2008, residents say.
Some local merchants and residents said they have never seen so much traffic and business activity in Willacy County.
As construction workers build an overpass and additional lanes on Expressway 77, extended-length tractor-trailer rigs are moving wind farm components, including wind blades 160 feet long, up the expressway from railroad yards in Harlingen and from the Port of Brownsville.
The trucks flow through the construction area near Lyford, hauling the huge components for wind turbines for E.ON Climate and Renewables and Duke Energy.
Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplying and delivering energy to approximately 4 million U.S. customers. They have approximately 36,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas and the Midwest, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. Their commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK which is now being brought to Rio South Texas.