Project Development, Wind Power

BP Plans Construction of Five U.S. Wind Projects in 2007

BP Alternative Energy North America Inc. announced that it expects to begin construction on five wind power generation projects in the U.S. in 2007 in four states — California, Colorado, North Dakota and Texas; combined, the projects are expected to deliver a generation capacity of approximately 550 megawatts (MW).

When all are complete, this development will exceed the company’s previously announced target to build 450 MW by the end of 2008. BP’s U.S. wind portfolio includes almost 100 projects with a potential total generating capacity of some 15,000 MW. These projects are the result of several agreements and acquisitions the company made in the previous year. In July 2006, BP announced a strategic alliance with Clipper Windpower to supply up to 4,250 MW of wind turbines over the next five years. Later in 2006, BP acquired two U.S. wind development companies — Greenlight Energy Inc. and Orion Energy LLC. Construction is already under way on the Cedar Creek project in Weld County, Colorado, a development venture between BP Alternative Energy North America Inc., and Babcock & Brown Operating Partners LP. The 300 MW wind power generation project will be comprised of 274 wind turbines. Initial operation is expected in the second half of 2007. The remaining four projects: the Yaponcha wind power generation project in California is the re-powering of an existing wind energy facility in San Gorgonio Pass, which expects to have a capacity of 20 MW; in North Dakota, a 65 MW wind power generation project; in Central Texas, a 60 MW joint project with Clipper Windpower; and in West Texas, a project in excess of 100 MW. As part of this build program, BP Alternative Energy North America plans to deploy 150 MW of Clipper Liberty turbines as part of the supply and joint development agreement it entered into in 2006 with Clipper Windpower.