California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed a 20-year contract with DCE, an affiliate of Caithness Energy, which will provide up to 909 megawatts (MW) of wind power. The developers say that once completed, the Caithness project will be one of the world’s largest fully permitted wind farms.
The project, called Caithness Shepherd’s Flat, involves the installation of 303 wind turbines across 30 square miles in Gilliam and Morrow Counties in North-Central Oregon between 2011 and 2012. Shepherd’s Flat is expected to generate 2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year of renewable energy, which is more than one-tenth of SCE’s overall renewable portfolio.
“This contract is a crown jewel in our renewable energy portfolio,” said Stuart Hemphill, SCE vice president, Renewable and Alternative Power. “The project is attractive to SCE because of its size, near-term delivery and its competitive price.”
According to SCE, the utility leads the nation in renewable energy delivery, procuring about 12.5 billion kWh of renewable energy in 2007.
In 2007, SCE delivered the following renewable energy portfolio to its customers:
- Geothermal: 7.71 billion kWh
- Wind: 2.58 billion kWh
- Solar: 667 million kWh
- Biogas: 580 million kWh
- Small hydro: 557 million kWh
- Biomass: 336 million kWh