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Duke Energy Renewables buys into Texas wind farm

Duke Energy's Happy Jack wind farm near Cheyenne, Wyo.
Duke Energy's Happy Jack wind farm near Cheyenne, Wyo. Duke Energy

Duke Energy Renewables has bought a 50 percent stake in a 211 megawatt wind farm in Texas through a joint venture with Sumitomo Corp. of Americas.

Candy maker Mars Inc. will buy the power and renewable energy credits under a 20-year contract. The company wants to be carbon neutral by 2040.

The Mesquite Creek Wind installation has the capacity to supply electricity for Mars’ total U.S. operations – enough to make 13 billion Snickers bars.

The acquisition brings Duke Energy Renewables’ Texas wind capacity to more than 1,200 megawatts.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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