14 September 2005 – ScottishPower’s competitive US energy business, PPM Energy, has agreed to purchase 300 MW of wind turbines from GE Energy for use in projects in late stage development expected to be built during calendar 2006.
Terry Hudgens, PPM Energy CEO said: “This turbine order for 2006 delivery, coupled with options and other pending turbine arrangements will enable PPM Energy to continue to grow its profitable wind business at a similar rate as in the past.”
In August, PPM Energy completed construction ahead of schedule on its 75 MW Klondike II Wind Power Plant near Wasco, Ore. Portland General Electric (PGE) has a 30-year agreement with PPM Energy to purchase all of Klondike II’s wind capacity to serve PGE customers beginning in December 2005.
PPM Energy also expects this year to complete four other wind power projects – the 100 MW Trimont project in Minnesota, the 150 MW Elk River project in Kansas, the 150 MW Shiloh project in California and the 198 MW Maple Ridge project that PPM is building as a joint venture with a unit of Goldman Sachs.
PPM Energy controls about 830 MW of wind energy currently operating in seven states and has announced a total of 574 MW of additional wind projects to be built in 2005. It now has around 1400 MW of wind energy under its control, well on target toward its goal of at least 2300 MW online by 2010.