Renewables, Wind

Community Energy, Inc. announces seventh wind farm in Mid-Atlantic; PPL signs agreement to support newest wind energy project

WAYNE, Pa. , May 30, 2003 — Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) and PPL Corporation in Allentown announced a 20-year energy purchase agreement that will support construction of a new wind generation facility along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Northeast Pennsylvania.

The Bear Creek Wind Energy Project will be the seventh utility-scale wind project under contract in the mid-Atlantic electricity grid — four projects are already in operation (three in Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia). The PPL announcement marks their entry into the growing market for wind energy production.

“The PPL announcement is exciting for wind energy in the region,” said Brent Alderfer, president of CEI. “It proves the point that electric customers want ‘fuel-free, smoke-free, home-land energy’ in their energy portfolio for the future, and given the chance, will put their electricity dollars toward building those sources.

“Wind energy purchases by our customers large and small — like the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon, Drexel University, Catholic University, the Federal Government, the US Army, National Geographic, and other individual businesses and homes — creates the demand for the Bear Creek wind farm, and this forward-looking commitment by PPL brings it on line.”

CEI recognized specifically the recently announced 10-year wind energy purchase by the University of Pennsylvania as the kind of customer commitment that leads directly to new wind projects coming on line.

The company, CEI, is a marketer/developer of wind-generated power. CEI markets power from five of the seven wind farms in the mid- Atlantic, and two of three wind farms in New York. Marketing under the NewWind Energy(TM) brand, CEI partners with utility suppliers like Exelon, NYSEG, Pepco Energy Services, and Washington Gas Energy Services to offer a wind energy choice directly to retail electric customers.

CEI is a for-profit corporation founded in 1999 with the support of environmental leaders and energy suppliers. Its retail customers, which include the largest purchasers of wind energy in the country, are the reason for CEI’s success in bringing wind energy to market in new regions of the country. In addition to theproject just mentioned, CEI also has wind projects under development in New England, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, and other states east of the Mississippi River.

The Bear Creek Wind Power Project is a wind energy project developed by Community Energy and its partner, Global Winds Harvest, Inc., in Boston, MA. The project is a 20 MW facility located in the Pocono Mountain region of Pennsylvania, less than 10 miles southeast of Wilkes-Barre by the town of Bear Creek. The project is expected to produce approximately 60-66,000 MWh of wind energy annually starting in December 2003.

The Bear Creek Wind Energy Project will be the seventh utility-scale wind project under contract in the mid-Atlantic electricity grid — four projects are already in operation (three in Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia). The PPL announcement marks their entry into the growing market for wind energy production.