Baffin Wind Farm
Iberdrola Renewables says a recent local county vote has paved the way for the company to begin construction of its 202 MW Baffin Wind Farm, located in Kenedy County, Texas.
According to Iberdrola, the Kenedy County Commissioners have approved a tax abatement agreement for the project, which includes a fixed annual payment to the county over the 10-year term of the abatement. The company says the decision helps allow the project to move forward.
Baffin is slated to become the company’s third wind power project in the complex, south of Baffin Bay, following the Penascal I and Penascal II projects. At 606 MW, Iberdrola says the combined complex will serve as its largest renewable energy facility in the world.
Iberdrola plans to install 101 Gamesa G97 wind turbines, each with a rated capacity of 2 MW, for the Baffin project. The company expects to begin construction during the fourth quarter of this year and reach commercial operation by the end of 2014.
At Echo Wind Park
DTE Energy reports the first 13 GE wind turbines at its Echo Wind Park have been commissioned, with the entire facility set to begin commercial operation by the end of this month.
The 70-turbine project, sited on nearly 16,000 acres in Huron County, Mich., will add another 112 MW to DTE Energy’s renewable energy portfolio. The Echo project is the third wind park to be owned and operated by the company.
The 110 MW Thumb Wind Park reached commercial operation in December 2012. In addition, DTE Energy has an ownership stake in the 212.8 MW Gratiot County Wind Park. Sixty-four of the turbines are owned by DTE Energy, while 69 turbines are owned by Gratiot Wind LLC, an affiliate of Invenergy Wind LLC. DTE Energy buys the power from Invenergy’s turbines under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
WESCO Wind LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Star Distributed Energy, has started construction on the Sibley Wind Farm, a 20 MW project located in Sibley County, Minn.
The project is jointly owned by WESCO and Sibley Wind Substation LLC, a partnership of local property owners and investors. This is one of seven projects under development by WESCO, after selling six projects totaling 1.4 GW to Apex Wind in 2009.
The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and is expected to begin generating electricity in the third quarter of 2014.
Carstensen Energy Contracting Inc. is handling the construction and balance of plant services.
TransAlta To Acquire
Canada-based TransAlta Renewables plans to acquire the economic interest in a 144 MW wind farm in Wyoming for about $102 million from an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources.
TransAlta Renewables will fund the acquisition through a loan from TransAlta Corp., which holds approximately 80% of the issued and outstanding shares of the subsidiary.
Although the details behind the wind farm’s name were not disclosed, TransAlta says the project is fully operational and contracted under a long-term power purchase agreement until 2028 with an investment-grade counterparty.
“The acquisition marks our first wind project in the western United States and aligns with our strategy of growing our renewables platform and diversifying our presence in the region,” says Dawn Farrell, president and CEO of TransAlta.
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Iberdrola Advances Baffin Wind Farm
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