Duke’s First Okla. Project Produces Power
Duke Energy Renewables’ large-scale Frontier Windpower Project is now delivering power in Oklahoma.
The wind facility, located in Kay County, became operational in late December 2016. At 200 MW, the wind farm increases Duke Energy Renewables’ U.S. wind capacity to 2.3 GW.
Amshore US Wind provided development support for the project, and Wanzek Construction was the contractor. In addition, Vestas supplied 61 V126-3.3 MW wind turbines. One blade on these machines measures 203 feet, and the height (from the tower base to the blade tip) totals 492 feet, says Duke Energy Renewables.[adright zone=’190′]
“We had several ‘firsts’ with the Frontier project,” notes Rob Caldwell, president of Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. “It was our first wind project in Oklahoma, and it was the first time Vestas’ extra-large, 126-meter rotors were deployed in the U.S.
“We also formed a unique partnership with Blackwell Industrial Authority for our operations and maintenance building,” he adds. “A project of this scale was made possible by the overwhelming support of the community, landowners, vendors, and our customer, City Utilities.”
Missouri’s City Utilities of Springfield (CU) is purchasing the power from the project under a 22-year agreement.
“Providing a long-term renewable source of power generation in this changing market is critical to the future of our utility,” says Scott Miller, general manager of CU.
Minn. Agency Signs Up For More Wind Energy
The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) has expanded its portfolio of renewable resources to include power from the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, a 78 MW project located in Stearns County, Minn.
MMPA signed a long-term contract with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power for the output of the wind farm. The project, comprising 39 turbines, entered commercial operations in December 2016.
MMPA provides wholesale electricity to its member communities, which, in turn, deliver and sell that electricity to the residential and business customers in their communities. The agency is made up of municipal utilities in Anoka, Arlington, Brownton, Buffalo, Chaska, East Grand Forks, Elk River, Le Sueur, North St. Paul, Olivia, Shakopee and Winthrop.
The agency’s renewable energy portfolio also includes 44 MW of wind energy from the Oak Glen Wind Farm, 8 MW of bioenergy from Hometown BioEnergy and renewable energy purchases from other utilities.
“MMPA’s renewable energy investments support the agency’s ability to deliver competitively priced power to its members,” comments Oncu Er, vice president of planning for Avant Energy, MMPA’s management partner. “In addition, a portion of these renewable resources help us meet the Minnesota renewable energy standard, which requires 25 percent of the agency’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2025.”
Senvion Completes Community Project
Senvion has announced the completion of what it says is Quebec’s first 100% community-owned wind farm, the Pierre-De Saurel wind project.
The Pierre-De Saurel wind farm is located on the lands of Yamaska, Saint-Aime and Saint-Robert. The project is set to bring in over C$200 in local revenue, including for the regional county municipality and the local farmers on whose lands the project is installed.
The project features 12 Senvion MM92 cold-climate-version turbines. With a total capacity of 24.6 MW, the project will power nearly 6,000 households in the region, says the manufacturer.
“The commissioning of Pierre-De Saurel was faster than usual,” notes Helmut Herold, CEO of Senvion North America. He adds that the project is a “great example of how communities can generate income, as well as renewable energy.”
Frédéric Tremblay, executive director of the Pierre-De Saurel wind farm, adds, “We are looking forward to generating a substantial financial return for our community during the next 20 years.”
To date, Senvion has a footprint of more than 1.4 GW in Canada. The company started its Canadian operations out of Montreal in 2009 and has since installed over 600 wind turbines in the country.
E.ON Adds To Client List
D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments LLC has tapped E.ON Energy Services (EES) to provide site management and balance-of-plant services for wind projects in the Pacific Northwest.
The contract includes the 45 MW Power County site, located in Idaho, and 50 MW of aggregated sites near Huntington, Ore.
“With the addition of these sites, E.ON Energy Services now manages more than 1,400 MW of third-party sites to go along with its own 3,000 MW portfolio,” says Keith Day, president of EES.
Day adds that the company operates wind farms in 12 states and with five independent system operators.