Southern Power Scoops Up Skookumchuck

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Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co., has acquired the 136 MW Skookumchuck Wind Facility in Washington state.

The project, developed by RES, represents Southern Power’s 12th wind project. Comprising 38 Vestas turbines, the wind farm will sell its electricity and associated renewable energy credits to Puget Sound Energy under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

“This project is a great addition to our renewable portfolio,” says Southern Power’s president, Bill Grantham. “We continue to strive to develop clean, safe, reliable and affordable wholesale energy resources for the benefit of our customers.”

The wind farm, located in Lewis and Thurston counties, is Southern Power’s first wind facility in Washington. Construction is underway, and the project is expected to achieve commercial operation in the first quarter of 2020. Southern Power, the majority owner, has signed an agreement to sell a minority stake in the facility to TransAlta Corp. upon commercial operation.

With the addition of Skookumchuck, Southern Power’s wind portfolio consists of more than 1,960 MW of wind generation. Southern Power’s wind facilities are a part of the company’s 3,190 MW renewable fleet, which consists of 40 solar and wind facilities operating or under construction.

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