Geothermal, Wind Power

SCE Signs Geothermal and Wind Contracts Totaling 185 MW

Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed two new contracts that could provide the utility’s customers with more than 185 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy. The 20-year agreements, subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), are for geothermal and wind generation.

The new contracts result from SCE’s 2007 renewable energy solicitation launched on March 12. The first contract is with Ormat Nevada, Inc. for a geothermal plant with a potential generation capacity of 100 MW. The second is with Daggett Ridge Wind Farm, an affiliate of AES Corp for a wind farm with a potential generating capacity of 85.5 MW.

“We hope to add even more prospective contracts to our renewable energy portfolio from our 2007 competitive solicitation,” said Stuart Hemphill, SCE’s director of Renewable and Alternative Power.  “Renewable energy is important to our power portfolio. We’ve worked hard to become the nation’s leading utility in renewable power, and we’ll keep striving to expand our portfolio.”