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Avangrid starts commercial operations at 500MW of wind farms in US

CTBR Staff Writer Published 16 January 2018

Avangrid has begun commercial operations of three new wind farms in the US with 504MW of total capacity.

These wind farms are located in the states of California, New Mexico, and Colorado. All the three wind farms have secured long-term energy contracts. 

The facilities include the 131 MW Tule Wind Farm in California, the 298 MW El Cabo Wind Farm in New Mexico, and the 75 MW Twin Buttes II Wind Farm in Colorado.

The company stated that these wind farms represent a significant investment in rural American communities and they join the company’s US fleet of more than 3000 wind turbines across 22 states.

The first wind farm, Tule project is located in the McCain Valley of eastern San Diego County and includes 57 of GE’s turbines. The wind farm will supply power to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 15 year contract. 

The project could deliver more than $39m in local and state tax benefits over a period of 25 years. For the project construction, the company had spent $18m locally in 2017, apart from putting more than 21 local companies to work.

The second wind farm, El Cabo is located in the Torrance County about 90 miles east of Albuquerque. It has 142 of Siemens Gamesa turbines and also supplies the generated power to SCE under a long term energy contract.

The third wind farm, Twin Buttes II is powered by 26 of Siemens Gamesa turbines and is located in south of Lamar, near the company’s existing Twin Buttes Wind Farm. It will supply the electricity generated under a 25 year contract to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

Avangrid Renewables president and CEO Laura Beane said “Bringing jobs and economic development dollars during construction is just the beginning of our long-term partnerships with these communities.

“While commercial operation marks the culmination of years of teamwork with landowners, local leaders, and so many supporters, we’ll continue to work hard to build on these relationships, as our employees will live and work in these areas for years to come.”

Image: Avangrid commissions three US wind farms. Photo: Courtesy of Business Wire.