Grid connection paves way for wind power in Romania

Bucharest, August 4, 2011—A 300 MW grid-connection agreement between Romania's grid operator Transelectrica, and a joint venture between GE and German wind farm developer Prowind GmbH, will play a role in the expansion of Romania's wind power sector.

The agreement will pave the way for Prowind, a renewable energy provider, to build four wind farms in northeastern Romania.

The agreement covers the connection of the joint venture's wind farms to Transelectrica's new substation being built near the small town of Banca.

The four projects are located in the hills of Vaslui County, a sparsely populated agricultural area of northeastern Romania. Windelcon, a Romanian wind project development company, is conducting the local development efforts.

The four wind farms are being developed as separate, special purpose companies, with PWI serving as grid connection provider. Under Transelectrica's grid connection agreement with PWI, the wind farms would supply up to 300 MW to the regional grid.

GE plans to supply a total of 120 of the company's 2.5-100 class wind turbines for the four wind farms. The final schedule for shipment, installation and commercial operation of GE's wind turbines has not yet been determined, but shipments could begin in the second half of 2012.

The projects are in line with Romania's plans to produce 24 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. The European Commission recently approved Romania's plan to provide incentives for an increased use of renewable energy.

With some of the strongest wind conditions in Europe, Romania has the potential to harness enough wind power to meet the electricity needs of one-quarter of the country's 8 million households.

The GE-Prowind projects in Romania are part of GE's broader strategy to supply its advanced wind energy technology and services for a growing number of projects throughout Europe as various countries seek to meet their renewable energy production and emissions-reduction targets.

Nearly 500 of GE's onshore 2.5 series wind turbines have been installed, primarily at projects in European countries including Romania, France, Holland, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Poland.

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