PPM Energy Sells Out 150 MW Shiloh Wind Project

PPM Energy secured long-term power purchase agreements for all of the output from its 150 MW Shiloh Wind Project before construction is completed.

The Palo City Council approved a long-term contract in which the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) will purchase wind energy generated by the Shiloh Wind Project located in Solano County, California for 15 years. The Shiloh Wind Project will have a capacity of up to 150 MW. Palo Alto’s share of up to 25 MW will generate enough electricity to supply nearly 9,500 homes. CPAU joins Modesto Irrigation District and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) as customers of PPM’s Shiloh Wind Project. The Palo Alto City Council set a target in 2002 to add new renewable energy resources to meet 10 percent of CPAU power needs by 2008 and 20 percent by 2015. “The Palo Alto community’s strong environmental ethic became evident in the 1960s when major commitments were made to invest in hydroelectric resources rather than nuclear power and continues today,” said John Ulrich, City of Palo Alto Utilities Director. “By securing long-term contracts such as the Shiloh Wind Project, we can continue to serve our customers reliably and responsibly through our ongoing commitment to renewable energy.” The City of Palo Alto also purchases from PPM 20 MWs of electricity for nearly 24 years generated from the nearby High Winds Project also in Solano County. “The fact that we’ve sold out the Shiloh Project before its completion to repeat customers, such as Palo Alto and Modesto Irrigation District, and first-time customers, such as PG&E, demonstrates the strong market demand for clean, renewable energy as well as PPM’s ability to successfully tailor products to various types of customers,” said Barrett Stambler, managing director of renewables origination at PPM. “It also shows that wind power is an attractive hedge to volatile fossil fuel prices.”
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