Wednesday, November 16, 2005

D-VAR(R) for Connection of Pacific Northwest Wind Farm to Electric Transmission Grid To Be Supplied By American Superconductor and GE Energy

D-VAR(R) for Connection of Pacific Northwest Wind Farm to Electric Transmission Grid To Be Supplied By American Superconductor and GE Energy
Voltage regulation system to serve 229 megawatt zero-emission energy source
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Superconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: AMSC), a leading electricity solutions company, and GE Energy, a business of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), received an order for two D-VAR(R) systems for the Wild Horse Wind Farm project located near Puget Sound in Washington. This solution will help meet the grid interconnection requirements of the wind farm. GE Energy is responsible for installation of the D-VAR systems into the wind farm project.

When completed in the summer of 2006, the Wild Horse wind farm will include 127 Vestas V80 wind turbines and will generate up to 229 megawatts (MW) of zero-emission electricity, enough to serve 114,500 homes.

"The recently passed Energy Policy Act of 2005 called for a two year extension on the Wind Farm production tax credit for electricity generated by wind facilities. We believe it has created a more stable environment for the development and financing of new wind farms and ancillary facilities in the U.S. which require solutions to comply with recent FERC grid interconnection standards," said Chuck Stankiewicz, vice president and general manager of AMSC's Power Electronic Systems business. "Our D-VAR-based voltage regulation system has become the industry product of choice for helping wind facilities meet these new grid interconnection standards."

Overall, this is the tenth wind farm in North America and the eleventh
worldwide to incorporate AMSC's advanced D-VAR dynamic voltage control
technologies. These projects bring the total wind-generated electric power
served by AMSC's D-VAR systems to more than 906 MW. To learn more about AMSC's
D-VAR solutions, see: For more
information on AMSC's wind energy solutions, see:

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AMSC is the world's principal vendor of high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire and large rotating superconductor machinery, and it is a world- leading supplier of dynamic reactive power grid stabilization products. AMSC's HTS wire and power electronic converters are at the core of a broad range of new electricity transmission and distribution, transportation, medical and industrial processing applications, including dynamic reactive power grid stabilization solutions, large ship propulsion motors and generators, smart, controllable, superconductor power cables and advanced defense systems.

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