LADWP Approves 72-MW Wind Power Agreement

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners approved a new long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) on Tuesday for 72-MW of renewable wind power. This PPA will bring Los Angeles another step closer to achieving its goal of 20% renewable power by 2010 and 35% by 2020.

The 15-year agreement with Willow Creek Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Invenergy Wind LLC, will represent 0.8% of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goals established by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LADWP Board of Commissioners. Renewable energy currently accounts for approximately 8% of LADWP’s power mix. The agreement requires approval of the City Council.

The wind power will come from a new wind farm being constructed in Gilliam and Morrow counties, Oregon, and has an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2008. Under the agreement, LADWP will receive approximately 200,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy per year from the Willow Creek wind project. The project’s power will be received at Bonneville Power Authority’s (BPA) Boardman/Alkali Line, then transmitted to Sylmar in northern Los Angeles through the Pacific DC Intertie, which is jointly owned by LADWP and BPA.

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