NRG Energy’s Langford Wind Farm Commences Operations

NRG subsidiary, Padoma Wind Power, developed the project that is capable of powering more than 100,000 Texas homes with emission-free electricity.

"The Langford Wind Power Project expands our renewable portfolio, giving NRG more valuable emission-free generation capacity in Texas," said David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy. "Adding this clean wind generating capacity reduces the overall greenhouse gas intensity of NRG’s fleet and enables us to supply Reliant Energy zero-emission energy which it can offer to retail customers in Texas."

The project’s 100 General Electric 1.5 MW turbine generators are expected to generate more than 525,000 MW hours of wind energy per year, which will be sold into the ERCOT system. Approximately 200 jobs were created during the nine-month construction period. Now operational, the project will employ approximately 10 full-time professionals.

"This project has already made a substantial investment in the local area through land lease payments, local materials and services procured, and jobs created during construction," said Jan Paulin, President and Chief Executive, Padoma Wind Power. "Through the operation of these units, this investment in the community will continue for decades to come."

In 2008, NRG brought two wind farms online. The first was Sherbino I, a 150 MW wind project near Fort Stockton, Texas, owned and operated in partnership with BP Wind Energy. It was followed by Elbow Creek, a 122 MW wind farm wholly owned by NRG near Big Spring, Texas. With Langford online, NRG now owns almost 350 MW of wind generating capacity in Texas.

Langford is part of NRG’s repowering program to meet the energy needs of high-demand, capacity-constrained markets by developing clean and efficient energy sources that include land-based and offshore wind farms, solar thermal and PV fields, and nuclear power generation facilities.

NRG and Padoma Wind Power: NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, owns and operates one of the country’s largest and most diverse power generation portfolios. Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, the Company’s power plants provide more than 24,000 megawatts of generation capacity—enough to supply more than 20 million homes.

NRG’s retail business, Reliant Energy, serves more than 1.6 million residential, business, commercial and industrial customers in Texas. A past recipient of the energy industry’s highest honors Platts Industry Leadership and Energy Company of the Year awards, NRG is a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a group of business and environmental organizations calling for mandatory legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.