Project Development, Wind Power

Wyoming Wind Power Purchase

PPM Energy has once again secured the purchase for the entire energy output from an FPL Energy wind farm. This time, all 144 MWs of wind power from FPL’s wind farm destined for Uinta County, Wyoming will boost PPM’s green energy resources.

Portland, Oregon – September 12, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] PPM is marketing the output to customers in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. The company has a 725 MW wind supply portfolio, including 446 MW from the operating Stateline and High Winds Energy Centers, both wind projects also owned by FPL Energy. FPL Energy will construct 80 1.8 MW wind turbines at a site in Uinta County, approximately 10 miles northeast of Evanston in southwestern Wyoming. The turbines will have a total generating capacity of 144 MW, providing enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 43,000 homes. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2003. “PPM thanks Wyoming’s lawmakers for their foresight and resolution in passing the legislation that helped make this project possible,” said Terry Hudgens, PPM’s CEO. Wyoming lawmakers this year exempted the equipment used to build wind turbines from the state’s sales tax. In addition, FPL Energy and PPM have announced a 16 MW expansion of the High Winds Energy Center located in Solano County, California, bringing the total capacity of that facility to 162 MW. PPM purchased the entire output from the High Winds Energy Center under a long-term contract. Construction of the additional 16 MW began this summer and will be completed by the end of 2003. With a portfolio of more than 700 MW of wind power currently in operation or under construction, PPM has a goal of bringing 2,000 MW of new wind power to market by 2010. The American Wind Energy Association honored PPM with its “Market Maker of the Year” award for aggressively finding markets for wind power. PPM balances its supply portfolio with sales to wholesale customers, placing almost all of its output in long-term contracts. Major customers include the cities of Seattle, Sacramento, Pasadena, Anaheim as well as investor-owned utilities such as Alliant Energy and Xcel Energy and the federal Bonneville Power Administration.