Project Development, Wind Power

Site Acquisition Strategy for California

After reviewing wind energy marketplace across the U.S., Western Wind Energy Corporation selected California in order to pursue new wind energy development opportunities, specifically 30 sites totaling more than 1,200 megawatts (MW).

A key goal will be to focus on diverse regions of the state, outside traditional wind development areas, such as the Altamont, Tehachapi, and San Gorgonio Pass (Palm Springs) regions. With the passage of SB 107 in the California Legislature and the subsequent execution by Governor Schwarzenegger making it law, California is poised to increase its use of renewable energy to 20% of its total retail electric load by 2010. Further, SB 107 contemplates the unbundling of RECs (renewable energy certificates), which sets the stage for an independently traded green tag market in California. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has been tasked with regulating this market and as such, the wind energy community is awaiting the outcome of the CEC’s progress. Guidance for land acquisition will be provided by Richard Simon, who has been principal investigator of various wind energy research studies for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), including the California/Nevada wind energy atlas. He has personally sited approximately 4000 megawatts of operating wind farms across five continents.