UTILITY IN BIG WIND BUY
Austin Energy Signs Two Wind Power Mega-Deals, Negotiating Another
15 September 2011 (North American Windpower)
"The Austin City Council has approved two new wind contracts totaling 291 MW and has authorized Austin Energy to negotiate a third wind contract for an additional 200 MW. If the latter contract is approved, it will allow Austin Energy to meet 30% of its power needs by the end of 2012…[near] its 35% by 2020 goal.
"The new wind farms will be located near the Texas coast and will produce their highest output during peak-demand times…[T]he projects will be located in an area with sufficient transmission infrastructure…"
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"The first contract is a 25-year purchase power agreement (PPA) totaling $675 million with Duke Energy Generation Services for 200 MW from the Los Vientos project…The second 25-year PPA, worth $375 million, is with MAP Royalty Inc. for 91 MW from the White Tail project…The council also authorized Austin Energy to negotiate a 25-year PPA with Iberdrola Renewables Inc. for 200 MW from the [$725 million] Penascal III project in Kenedy County…
"The Duke and Iberdrola projects are within 15 miles of the coast, while the MAP project is 75 miles from the coast. The contract prices [for energy produced only] are on a per-megawatt-hour basis, are fixed and will not change over the term of the agreements…"