BP Wind Energy has entered into two long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 105 MW from its proposed Mehoopany wind farm in Wyoming County, Pa. One PPA is for 75 MW with Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, and the other is for 30 MW with Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. The PPAs were negotiated by the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO).
The Mehoopany wind farm will be located approximately 20 miles northwest of Scranton, Pa. The project is expected to generate up to 144 MW of energy and is anticipated to utilize approximately 90 GE 1.6 MW wind turbines. BP Wind Energy will market the remaining capacity to other customers in the northeast U.S. merchant market.
The project is 100% owned and will be operated by BP Wind Energy. Subject to receiving all the necessary permits to proceed, it is anticipated that initial site construction work will start in the fourth quarter of this year. The wind farm is expected to move into full commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The NRCO has also coordinated an agreement for three generation and transmission cooperatives to purchase 40 MW of wind energy from the Pioneer Trail wind farm, which is under development east of Paxton, Ill. The three member-owned utilities – Prairie Power Inc., Southern Illinois Power Cooperative and Wabash Valley Power Association – are entering into an 18-year PPA with E.ON Climate & Renewable North America Inc.
The project is expected to create 200 construction jobs, 10 full-time jobs and more than $1.6 million in tax revenue to support the local county and school system.