EDP Renováveis is implementing three wind farms in the United States
The new wind power corresponds to wind parks Meridian Way, with 201 MW, located in northern Kansas; Rattlesnake with 102.9 MW in Oregon and the first phase of Pioneer Prairie, with 201.3 MW on the Iowa-Minnesota border. Meridian Way and Pioneer Prairie alone produce enough clean energy to supply electricity to 60,000 homes. Rattlesnake, in turn, with its 102.9 MW generates enough electricity to cover the needs of 30,000 American homes.Rattlesnake is the second wind farm that belongs to EDP Renováveis developed and set up in the State of Oregon.
The company also owns Vale Eikhorn wind farm in the same state, which began operating in December 2007.The chairman and managing director of Horizon Wind Energy, Antonio Martins da Costa, has highlighted the beginning of the these farms’ commercial operations. They also entail the company’s arrival in Kansas and Iowa. “At Horizon -Martins da Costa has stated -we are proud to contribute to the development of clean energies in regions with such a great potential for wind resources.
We are also satisfied about beginning to sell electricity in our second wind farm in Oregon. Now we have more than 200 MW in operation in that state, and we continue to seek new opportunities to develop several hundred additional megawatts.”The top executive of Horizon Wind Energy has thanked the following companies: The Empire District Electric Company, Westar Energy and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), as well as the proprietors of the land and communities of Kansas, Oregon and Iowa, their contribution and enthusiasm for producing clean energies.
The State of Kansas ranks number 12 in the United States regarding wind-generated electricity, with an installed capacity at the end of 2008 of close to 1000 MW, enough to power 300,000 homes with clean energy. There are also requests to interconnect more than 1700 MW.With regard to Iowa, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) ranked this state third in the United States in the third quarter of 2008. Oregon, according to AWEA’s data from the third quarter, ranks seventh in the U.S. wind energy ranking, with more than 900 MW installed and a potential of thousands of MW.ABOUT EDP RENOVÁVEISEDP Renováveis is the renewable energy company belonging to Grupo EDP-Energías de Portugal.
It is present in six European countries, the United States and Brazil. At the close of the third quarter of 2008, it recorded 4,155 gross MW of installed power. This makes it the fourth largest wind energy operator in the world. It had 1,612 MW under construction and a project portfolio of 29,227 MW. Last year, Grupo EDP acquired American company Horizon Wind Energy, whose wind turbines amounted to 1,733 gross MW of installed wind power. Headquartered in Houston (Texas), Horizon is the third largest wind power company in North America, and it is present in New York, Oregon, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota. The company has a project portfolio under development with more than 18,548 MW in twenty states.At the close of the third quarter of 2008, EDP Renováveis had 2,422 MW of wind energy operating, distributed among its wind parks in Spain (1,761 MW), Portugal (517 MW) and (144 MW), the rest of Europe, which ranks the company as the third largest wind power operator in Europe.
In addition to the Iberian Peninsula, EDP Renováveis is present in France, Belgium, Poland and Romania.The company went public in June following an expansion, 22.5% of its capital, which was distributed among institutional investors and minority investors from several countries, and among Grupo EDP employees. Several savings banks and Spanish banks attended the institutional sale.EDP Renováveis has wind farms in eight autonomous communities in Spain: Asturias, Galicia, Aragón, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia, the Canary Islands and Catalonia.EDP Renováveis expects to almost triple its installed wind power capacity between 2007 and 2012, reaching 10,500 MW.