Battery maker Saft says it will design, produce and install a battery energy-storage system (ESS), including two Intensium Max 20E lithium-ion battery containers, as part of Cowessess First Nation’s High Wind and Storage Project, which will be located near Regina, Saskatchewan.
Saft says the grid-connected ESS system will help optimize wind power performance by increasing reliability and decreasing volatility. Each lithium-ion ESS includes a 400 kW power conditioning system for use in conjunction with an 800 kW wind turbine. The system is designed to harness intermittent wind power and provide a more continuous and predictable output for both on-grid and off-grid applications, the company says.
The project is Saft’s first wind power application in North America, and the project is scheduled to begin operation soon.
Two Wind Projects
MidAmerican Wind, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., has completed the acquisition of the 168 MW Alta Wind VII project and the 132 MW Alta Wind IX project from California Highwind Power, a subsidiary of Terra-Gen Power LLC.
The projects are located near Tehachapi, Calif., and will consist of a total of 100 Vestas V90-3.0 MW wind turbines.
When complete, Southern California Edison (SCE) will purchase electricity from each of the projects pursuant to the terms of long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs). The projects will interconnect to and utilize SCE’s Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project.
With the addition of these two projects, MidAmerican Renewables’ portfolio includes more than 1.25 GW of owned renewable energy assets in operation or under construction.
juwi Wind has secured financing for the Community Wind South project, a 30 MW wind farm in southwestern Minnesota that is currently under construction.
Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftbank (DZ Bank AG) served as the mandated lead arranger and provided the construction, investment tax credit cash-grant bridge and term loans. KfW IPEX also joined the transaction as a lender.
Jeff Chester, from Kaye Scholer, and his team represented juwi Wind, and Rob Goldberg, from Mayer Brown, and his team represented DZ Bank AG.
The project features 15 REpower MM92 turbines with 100-meter towers, and the power from the project will be sold to Xcel Energy under a long-term PPA.
Siemens Energy has finalized its contract with Pattern Energy for the 265 MW Ocotillo Wind project, located in Southern California.
Most of the wind farm is complete, but a portion of the project will enter operation in the first half of 2013. The scope of supply encompasses the delivery, technical field assistance and commissioning of the 112 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines, including a two-year service and maintenance contract.
The majority of the wind turbine components for this project are manufactured in the U.S., Siemens notes.
The Ocotillo Wind project is Siemens’ 10th project completed, in development or under contract with Pattern Energy.
First Wind Completes
Bull Hill Project
Wind energy developer First Wind has completed the construction of its 34 MW Bull Hill Wind project, and commercial operation of the project has begun.
Located on the ridges of Bull Hill and Heifer Hill in Hancock County, Maine, the project features 19 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines that generate enough clean energy to power nearly 18,000 homes, according to First Wind.
The electricity generated by the project will be sold to NSTAR under a long-term PPA, which First Wind won in a competitive solicitation by NSTAR. In August 2011, NSTAR and First Wind entered into a 15-year, fixed-price contract for the output of the project.
Construction on the Bull Hill Wind project started earlier this year. Maine-based contractor Reed & Reed led the construction process and hired mostly Maine-based businesses and subcontractors to work on the project.
Post Rock Wind
Wind energy developer Wind Capital Group says it has dedicated its Post Rock Wind Farm in Ellsworth, Kan.
The 201 MW wind farm utilizes 134 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines. The project also included the construction of a 31-mile electric transmission line in Kansas’ Ellsworth, Lincoln and Rice counties, and the wind farm will be interconnected to the Rice County substation. The project commenced commercial operation on Oct. 4.
SeaRoc says it has deployed its SeaZephIR floating offshore wind LIDAR system for Garden State Offshore Energy (GSOE), a joint-venture project between Deepwater Wind and PSE&G Renewable Generation.
GSOE is a 1 GW offshore wind project planned for a site 20 miles off the coast of Avalon, N.J.
SeaRoc says the SeaZephIR provides an autonomous, low-motion, tension leg platform with integrated wind LIDAR, allowing offshore wind resource assessments to be performed without the need for a fixed structure or traditional met mast.
In addition to the ZephIR 300 wind LIDAR, which provides wind-speed and direction measurements from 10 meters (33 feet) to 200 meters (656 feet) above the installed position, the buoy measures motion and wave heights, and is equipped with a Class 1 cup anemometer and wind vane. The GSOE buoy has been named the New Jersey Offshore Research Device (NJORD).
For about eight weeks, the tension leg buoy was located off Block Island, but it was later relocated to the New Jersey site to assist in the data collection. The validation tests demonstrated a 99% correlation between the SeaZephIR results from the NJORD and the results from Deepwater Wind’s fixed met mast, located less than a mile away.
On Nov. 12, the NJORD was deployed 23 miles off the coast of Atlantic City in southern New Jersey, where it is expected to remain for up to two years to support GSOE’s planned offshore wind farm.
In Iowa Project
Google has made an equity investment of $75 million in the 50 MW Rippey wind energy project, located in Greene County, Iowa, the company announced on its official blog.
The project, which is currently in operation, was developed by RPM Access and uses Nordex 2.5 MW turbines manufactured at Nordex USA’s manufacturing facility in Jonesboro, Ark. Construction was handled by Mortenson Construction.
Central Iowa Power Cooperative purchases the power generated by the wind farm under a long-term PPA.
With this investment, Google has put $990 million into renewable energy.
Firm Nets Interest
In Three Projects
Atlantic Power Corp. has entered into an agreement with Veolia Environnement SA to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Ridgeline Energy Holdings Inc., which is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Eolfi SA, a European renewable energy development company that is majority owned by Veolia.
Under the agreement, Atlantic Power will increase its ownership interest in the 79.2 MW Rockland wind project from 30% to 50% and will add a 12.5% interest in Ridgeline’s 125 MW Goshen North project. The company will also acquire 100% of Meadow Creek, a 120 MW wind project in Idaho.
In addition, Atlantic Power will acquire Ridgeline’s development pipeline, which includes more than 20 wind and solar projects totaling 1 GW. The company says its planned development expenditures for 2013 are focused on near-term opportunities where PPAs can be obtained quickly.
Wind energy development viability will depend on continued support from renewable portfolio standards in more than 30 states and a possible extension of the production tax credit, Atlantic Power notes.
The total cost of the acquisition will be approximately $88 million, subject to working capital adjustments. The company currently intends to fund the acquisition from the net proceeds of a planned issuance of convertible debt.
The acquisition is subject to approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other regulatory agencies. In addition to customary closing conditions, the acquisition closing is subject to Atlantic Power obtaining financing and the Meadow Creek project achieving certain commercial operating milestones.
Spion Kop Deal
NorthWestern Corp., d.b.a. NorthWestern Energy, has closed a deal to purchase the 40 MW Spion Kop Wind Project from Compass Wind LLC.
The wind farm, which entered commercial operation in December, is located near the central Montana community of Geyser. The Montana Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved placement of the $86.1 million project into the company’s regulated rate base in February 2012. Both the energy and associated renewable energy credits will be used to meet Montana’s 15% by 2015 renewable portfolio standard.
Under the terms of the filing with the MPSC – which included a 10% authorized return on equity, a 5% estimated cost of debt, and a capital structure of 52% debt and 48% equity – this project represents an approximate levelized price of $54/MWh for a 25-year period, which NorthWestern says is significantly less than the $69/MWh current qualifying facility rate for a project with similar attributes.
Hawaii Wind Farm
Boston-based wind energy developer First Wind has announced that the construction of its 69 MW Kawailoa Wind project – Hawaii’s largest wind farm – has been completed and that it has entered commercial operation.
Located on Kamehameha Schools’ Kawailoa Plantation lands on Oahu’s north shore, the project utilizes 30 Siemens wind turbines installed by RMT Inc. The wind farm will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 14,500 homes on the island and, at full output, has the potential to meet as much as 10% of Oahu’s annual electricity demand, according to First Wind.
The Kawailoa project has a PPA with Hawaiian Electric Co. It is First Wind’s second project on Oahu and its fourth in the Hawaiian islands.
The Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Transmission Working Group (TWG) has passed a unanimous motion approving the reliability studies completed as part of the development of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line, a transmission project that will deliver up to 3.5 GW of clean energy across the midwestern and southern U.S.
The $2 billion project will involve the construction of a 750-mile, overhead, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission line that will transport wind energy and solar power from western Oklahoma, northern Texas and southwestern Kansas to utilities and customers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and other markets in the mid-South and Southeast U.S.
These interconnection studies, conducted by Siemens PTI, stem from SPP Criteria 3.5, which requires entities requesting transmission interconnections to work with the SPP, the TWG and affected parties to ensure grid reliability. SPP Criteria 3.5 studies were initiated in May 2010, when Clean Line requested that SPP study the connection of the Plains & Eastern transmission project to the SPP grid in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
“The acceptance of these studies by the SPP Transmission Working Group represents the culmination of two years of collaborating with SPP and affected parties to ensure that the Plains & Eastern Project can be interconnected in a reliable manner,” notes Wayne Galli, vice president at Clean Line.
Enel To Develop
Project In Mexico
Enel Green Power says it has won a public tender issued by the Mexican government for the construction of a 102 MW wind farm.
The wind farm, which Enel says will require an overall investment of about $130 million, will be located in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, an area known for its excellent wind resource. The tender also gives the company the right to enter into a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Mexican government’s Comision Federal de Electricidad.
Enel Green Power has already installed 74 MW of wind energy capacity in Mexico and, including this recently announced project, has plans to develop at least another 200 MW.
Siemens Canada Ltd. says it has been awarded a long-term wind power service contract for 48 SWT-2.3-93 and 40 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines at Kruger Energy’s Port Alma and Chatham Kent wind farms in Ontario.
Each of the projects, located on the shores of Lake Erie, has a capacity of approximately 100 MW.
Under the agreement, Siemens will provide 10 years of service and maintenance, along with an availability guarantee as an extension to the existing four-year service agreement for the Port Alma wind farm and to the existing two-year service agreement for the Chatham Kent wind farm. Siemens will also install its Power Curve Upgrade on the SWT-2.3-93 turbines at both projects.
A group comprising GE Energy Financial Services, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and Union Bank NA has invested nearly $247 million in Wind Capital Group’s recently commissioned 201 MW Post Rock wind farm.
Wind Capital Group, supported by its parent company, NTR plc, maintains a substantial equity stake and serves as managing member of the project, which is located 80 miles outside Wichita, Kan., in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties. Additional details of the transaction were not disclosed.
In addition to supplying 134 of its 1.5 MW machines, GE is providing operations and maintenance services for the Post Rock wind farm. The project is selling its electricity to Westar Energy under a long-term PPA.
CCA Capital LLC served as financial adviser to MetLife on this transaction. Neither GE Energy Financial Services nor Union Bank used financial advisers.
CPV Sells Project
NextEra Energy Resources LLC says its subsidiaries have completed the purchase of the 165 MW Cimarron I Wind Energy Center from CPV Renewable Energy Co. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The project, located in Gray County in southwestern Kansas, comprises 72 Siemens 2.3-MW turbines spread across approximately 14,000 acres. All of the power from the project is being sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority under a 20-year PPA.
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