ALLETE Clean Energy, Seattle City Light Ink Wind Power PPA


ALLETE Clean Energy – a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc., an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minn. – has signed a five-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to sell wind power to Seattle City Light, its first municipal customer.

Seattle City Light is among the top-ten largest municipal utilities in the United States, with more than 493,000 customers in Seattle. The company will purchase power from ALLETE Clean Energy’s 50-MW Condon wind site in northern Oregon. The PPA also includes an agreement to jointly explore adding solar energy and/or energy storage capacity at the Condon site.

ALLETE Clean Energy completed a refurbishment project at Condon wind in 2019 to extend its operating life and requalify the site for federal production tax credits. The project included equipment and system upgrades necessary to maintain its high operating availability and clean-energy production performance.

“Seattle City Light prioritizes creating our energy future on behalf of and in partnership with our customers and the communities we serve,” says Emeka Anyanwu, energy innovation and resources officer. “To meet reliability, affordability and environmental responsiveness goals, we strive to leverage resources like the Condon project to expand our supply mix.”

ALLETE Clean Energy owns, operates and has delivered build-transfer projects totaling more than 1,500 MW of nameplate wind capacity across eight states. It also serves five Fortune 500 companies from its Diamond Spring and Caddo wind sites in Oklahoma and a number of large electric utilities from its other wind sites. It recently developed the 91-MW Red Barn wind site in Wisconsin and sold it to Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and Madison Gas and Electric Co.

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