NRG Energy Completes Acquisition of South Trent Wind Farm

The 101 megawatt (MW) wind farm, which came online in January 2009, consists of 44 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines capable of powering more than 80,000 homes when the wind farm is operating at maximum capacity.

“The South Trent wind farm will be a strong addition to NRG’s growing wind power portfolio,” said David Crane, NRG President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is an outstanding generation asset that will help bring clean and sustainable energy from the wind-rich plains of west Texas to power homes and businesses across the state.”

The South Trent wind energy acquisition was announced in March of this year and approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) on June 11. AEP Energy Partners, Inc. has a 20-year power purchase agreement for all of the generation from the site.

South Trent is the fourth plant in NRG’s onshore wind energy portfolio. NRG owns and operates the 120 MW Elbow Creek wind farm near Big Spring, Texas and the 150 MW Langford wind farm near San Angelo, Texas.

NRG also is a 50% owner of the 150 MW Sherbino wind farm near Fort Stockton, Texas, operated by BP Alternative Energy, North America. In addition to onshore wind, NRG is developing a diverse mix of low and no carbon generation, including new nuclear, solar, offshore wind, biomass and carbon sequestration to advance our vision of a low-cost, low-emission future.

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.