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Wind power in Delaware closer to reality

Delmarva will buy half the output at any given time from the 67-turbine wind farm. The utility's contract is with AES Wind Generation, the wind farm's developer. Under the contract, Delmarva also buys half the renewable-energy credits from the project.

Pa. turbines with Delmarva Power contract start producing electricity

The first wind farm with a Delmarva Power contract has started to produce electricity.

The Armenia Mountain wind farm near Troy, Pa., generated its first 36 megawatts in November, said Matt Likovich, spokesman for Delmarva.

The wind farm became completely operational last week, ahead of its anticipated startup in January. When the wind is blowing hard enough, the farm is capable of producing 100.5 megawatts, or enough to power 45,000 homes.

Delmarva will buy half the output at any given time from the 67-turbine wind farm. The utility's contract is with AES Wind Generation, the wind farm's developer.

Under the contract, Delmarva also buys half the renewable-energy credits from the project.

The credits are tradable certificates given to the developer of a wind farm, one for each unit of energy generated, to help finance construction. After buying them, Delmarva can use the credits to satisfy its state renewable-energy purchase requirements.

Delmarva is buying the power for $68 per megawatt hour, and the credits for $24 per megawatt hour, Likovich said.

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Pa. turbines with Delmarva Power contract start producing electricity

The first wind farm with a Delmarva Power contract has started to produce electricity.

The Armenia Mountain wind farm near Troy, Pa., generated its first 36 megawatts in November, said Matt Likovich, spokesman for Delmarva.

The wind farm became completely operational last week, ahead of its anticipated startup in January. When the wind is blowing hard enough, the farm is capable of producing 100.5 megawatts, or enough to power 45,000 homes.

Delmarva will buy half the output at any given time from the 67-turbine wind farm. The utility's contract is with AES Wind Generation, the wind farm's developer.

Under the contract, Delmarva also buys half the renewable-energy credits from the project.

The credits are tradable certificates given to the developer of a wind farm, one for each unit of energy generated, to help finance construction. After buying them, Delmarva can use the credits to satisfy its state renewable-energy purchase requirements.

Delmarva is buying the power for $68 per megawatt hour, and the credits for $24 per megawatt hour, Likovich said.

"We're excited about playing such a vital role in bringing wind power to the region and the economic boon it's created as well," Delmarva President Gary Stockbridge said.

AES officials said about 250 people were employed on the construction project.

Meanwhile, Delmarva now expects the developer Synergics will begin construction on its Roth Rock project in western Maryland, after that state's Public Service Commission granted a permit this fall. Construction is expected to begin sometime in 2010.

That project was controversial because environmentalists said it could harm species such as the woodrat, mourning warbler and Indiana bat.

But developers successfully lobbied the state to modify permitting rules, allowing wind projects to be constructed without a lengthy environmental review.

Delmarva has a contract with Synergics for 100 megawatts from the Roth Rock wind farm as well as a nearby project called Eastern Wind. Delmarva officials expect construction on Eastern Wind to also begin next year.

Delmarva's most well-known wind farm contract won't be built on land at all: The NRG-Bluewater offshore wind farm is scheduled to begin generating electricity in 2013. Delmarva has a contract for up to 220 megawatts from the project.


Source: http://www.delawareonline.c...

DEC 26 2009
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