In recent weeks, Avangrid Renewables began commercial operations at three new U.S. wind farms.
More than 500 MW of new wind farms in California, New Mexico and Colorado – all under long-term energy contracts – have joined the company’s U.S. fleet, which now includes 3,300 wind turbines across 22 states.
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 all represent substantial investments in rural American communities, notes Avangrid.
“Bringing jobs and economic development dollars during construction is just the beginning of our long-term partnerships with these communities,” says Laura Beane, Avangrid Renewables’ president and CEO. “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.”
The Tule project in the McCain Valley of eastern San Diego County features 57 GE wind turbines and supplies renewable energy under a 15-year contract to Southern California Edison (SCE). The project is expected to deliver more than $39 million in local and state tax benefits over 25 years. Project construction spent $18 million locally in 2017 and put more than 21 local companies to work.
The El Cabo Wind Farm, located in Torrance County, about 90 miles east of Albuquerque, features 142 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines and supplies renewable energy to SCE. The project is expected to deliver at least $60.5 million in lease and PILOT money to the community over 25 years. Project construction spent more than $15 million locally, peaked at roughly 450 construction workers and employed more than 13 local companies.
The Twin Buttes II Wind Farm consists of 36 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines south of Lamar, situated near Avangrid Renewables’ existing Twin Buttes Wind Farm. It will supply renewable energy under a 25-year contract to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. The wind farm is expected to deliver approximately $270,000 in local tax benefits and $250,000 in landowner lease payments annually. Project construction spent approximately $5 million locally and peaked at 227 construction workers.
In 2017, Avangrid Renewables brought nearly 800 MW of renewables online. It completed wind projects for the first time in North Carolina and Vermont, as well as a solar project in Oregon.