Irvine, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com]
Edison Mission Group (EMG) has completed construction and started commercial operation of its newest wind energy project, the Wildorado Wind Ranch in Texas.
"The Wildorado Wind Ranch demonstrates our strong commitment to developing new sources of environmentally friendly, renewable energy."
-- Ted Craver, EMG, CEO
This marks the beginning of commercial operation providing wind-generated electricity to Southwestern Public Service Company, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).
The 161-megawatt (MW) Wildorado project is powered by 70 wind turbines, each of which is capable of generating 2.3 MW of electricity at peak wind speeds. The facility, located on approximately 16,000 acres 25 miles west of Amarillo, Texas, is the largest in EMG's current 600 MW portfolio of 14 wind projects in five states.
The Wildorado project was jointly developed by EMG and Cielo Wind Power LP, of Austin, Texas. Siemens Power Generation was the supplier and erector of the wind turbines and the M.A. Mortenson Company of Minneapolis was the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the balance of plant work.
"The Wildorado Wind Ranch demonstrates our strong commitment to developing new sources of environmentally friendly, renewable energy," said Ted Craver, chief executive officer of EMG.