San Diego Region Gains 22 MW Wind Farm

San Diego Gas & Electric and PPM Energy, ScottishPower’s US energy business, unveiled the Mountain View III wind plant in Riverside County, which will supply clean, renewable energy to the San Diego region. PPM, the plant’s owner, is selling the entire output of the 22 MW plant near Palm Springs to San Diego Gas & Electric under a 15-year contract.

Palm Springs, California – March 16, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] PPM also added three MW from its existing wind supply portfolio to bring the total wind sale to SDG&E to 25 MW. A MW is enough energy to power 1,000 homes. “SDG&E is committed to expanding our renewable energy portfolio,” said James Avery, senior vice president for electric transmission for SDG&E. “With the addition of Mountain View III, SDG&E will be well ahead of state’s requirement to have all utilities securing 20 percent of their customers’ needs by 2017 from renewable resources.” PPM purchased the land and project development from SeaWest WindPower of San Diego. PPM contracted with SeaWest to construct 34 Vestas 660 kW wind turbines at the site and to operate them. Construction was completed in December, in time to qualify as the last wind power plant in California to qualify for the federal production tax credit. “Always a sound environmental choice, wind has evolved into a sound business choice as well, said Terry Hudgens, PPM Energy’s CEO. “Wind is now a core option for any balanced energy portfolio, and we look forward to bringing more wind power online in the California,” said Hudgens. “Even when stacked side by side with traditional energy sources, wind is highly cost-competitive and can be tailored to meet individual customer requirements.” With a portfolio of more than 830 megawatts of wind power currently in operation, PPM has a goal of bringing 2,000 megawatts of new wind power to market by 2010. PPM balances its supply portfolio with sales to wholesale customers, placing most of its output in long-term contracts. “This project brings SeaWest’s portfolio of project developments and assets under management in the San Gorgonio area alone to over 230 MW, showing our long-term commitment to the region,” said Christian Engsted, SeaWest CEO. “Additionally, SeaWest is pleased to be involved in meeting California’s goals for providing renewable energy to its consumers.” Since 1982, SeaWest has developed more than $1.2 billion of utility-scale wind plants in locations throughout the world, comprising 830 MW of capacity. SeaWest currently operates and maintains nearly 480MW under long-term contracts.
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