Bioenergy, Project Development, Wind Power

PPL Signs Agreement to Purchase More Wind Power

In a wind power purchase agreement (PPA) with Locust Ridge Wind Farm, LLC, PPL EnergyPlus will purchase energy, capacity and renewable attributes for 20 years once the project achieves commercial operation, which is expected in the first quarter of 2007. The wind farm is to be located in Mahoney City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Locust Ridge Wind Farm, expected to produce 26 megawatts (MW) of electricity at maximum capacity, is being developed by Community Energy, Inc., which is owned by Iberdrola of Spain. Gamesa Corp., also of Spain, is the manufacturer of the turbines for the project. Gamesa has a manufacturing plant in western Pennsylvania. “PPL is increasing the amount of renewable energy in its generation portfolio, and the Locust Ridge agreement represents an attractive addition to PPL’s portfolio,” said Clarence J. Hopf Jr., president of PPL EnergyPlus. Hopf added that about 10 percent of the energy PPL markets comes from renewable sources such as wind power, hydroelectric generation, solar, fuel cells and landfill methane gas generation. “This agreement with Locust Ridge furthers PPL’s commitment to providing energy responsibly and balancing the need for affordable, reliable power with environmental concerns,” Hopf said.