Wind Facility Brings 50 MW On-Line In Only Four Months

Only four months after breaking ground, SeaWest WindPower has built and commissioned 50 wind turbines on the northern reaches of the Foote Creek Rim in Wyoming.

PORTLAND, Oregon, US, 2001-11-30 [] The 1 MW turbines are owned by Rock River I, LLC, a subsidiary of Shell WindEnergy, and is the first major investment by Shell in the U.S. wind market. Under Shell Renewables’ wind energy strategy, more than 1,000 MW of wind projects are currently being installed by Shell in the U.S., Europe and North Africa. PacifiCorp has a 20-year agreement to purchase the entire output of the project. The new facility will generate clean energy for 13,000 homes, while offsetting 164,000 tons of greenhouse gases per year. “We are delighted to see this project up and running,” says David Jones, Director of Shell WindEnergy. “Wyoming, and indeed the U.S., has huge potential for wind energy and we intend to become a major player in the wind energy market here.” “Wind energy is the fastest growing area of power generation worldwide and the U.S. is an important part of our growth strategy in this area,” he adds. “It takes the coordinated commitment of a great development team, willing and able purchasers, and the support of landowners and state and federal agencies to bring these projects to completion,” explains SeaWest’s project manager Edward Maddox. “It is extremely satisfying to see these projects reach commercial operation knowing that they will provide clean, renewable energy long into the future.” SeaWest supervised the development of the project, including assessment of the wind performance, engineering and designing, procuring turbines and assembling. The company also designed and built the expansion to the PacifiCorp Foote Creek Substation, which will serve both Rock River I and the nearby Wyoming Wind Project.

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