Power Purchase Secured for West Virginia Wind Projects

FirstEnergy has entered into 20-year agreements to purchase the combined 250-megawatt (MW) output of two new wind power generation projects being developed in West Virginia by US Wind Force, LLC, a renewable energy company based in Wexford, Pennsylvania, and its joint venture partner Padoma Wind Power, LLC, based in La Jolla, California.

The projects include Mt. Storm — a 150-MW project to be located in Grant County, West Virginia, near the town of Bayard, and Liberty Gap, a 100-MW project to be located in Pendleton County, West Virginia, south of the town of Franklin. “When completed, they will more than double the 234 MW of installed wind power capacity now available in the Mid-Atlantic region of PJM,” said David McAnally, chief executive officer, for US Wind Force. (PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization (RTO) that ensures the reliability of a large centrally dispatched control area in North America.) Combined, the projects are expected to generate approximately 650,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity annually. Both projects are targeted to be operational by December 2007. The power purchase agreements are contingent upon completion of financing and receipt of regulatory approvals for the projects. This marks the second renewable energy agreement FirstEnergy has completed in the PJM region. In April 2003, the company agreed to purchase from FPL Energy, LLC, the output of a 30-MW wind farm currently operational in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. PJM Interconnection coordinates the movement of electricity in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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