New Projects, Renewables, Wind

Southern Power acquires Washington wind project from RES

The wholesale energy wing of Southern Co. has acquired its 12th utility-scale wind project.

Southern Power announced the deal to buy the 136-MW Skookumchuck Wind Facility from RES (Renewable Energy Systems). Skookumchuck is located in Lewis and Thurston counties of Washington state.

It is the first Washington wind acquisition by Southern.

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

Skookumchuck was developed by RES and is expected to utilize 38 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas. Construction is underway, and the project is expected to achieve commercial operation in the first quarter 2020.

Once operational, the electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Puget Sound Energy, which will utilize the resource to meet the electricity demand of their Green Direct product customers.

Southern Power is the majority owner and has signed an agreement to sell a minority stake in the facility to TransAlta Corporation 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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