enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, started construction on the 50 megawatt Linden Wind Project that will bring carbon-free electricity to the Southern California Public Power Authority generation portfolio on behalf of participating members Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the City of Glendale. The renewable energy source is expected to be in operation in early 2010 as part of LADWP’s and SCPPA’s effort to provide clean, renewable energy.
The Linden Wind Farm, located in Klickitat County, Washington, consists of 25 REpower MM92 turbines. The project received SCPPA board approval in August 2009 and the Notice To Proceed was delivered in early October. Developed by enXco, Linden Wind Project will be transferred to SCPPA upon completion.
“Linden Wind Project represents enXco’s first project developed and built for SCPPA. We are proud to bring the economic and environmental benefits of the Pacific Northwest wind resource to the SCPPA member cities of Los Angeles and Glendale,” said Tristan Grimbert, president and CEO of enXco. “We look forward to developing a long-term relationship with SCPPA to help them achieve their renewable energy generation goal.”
LADWP will provide project management for the SCPPA participants. The utility will receive 90 percent (45 megawatts) of power produced by the wind farm, representing about 0.5 percent of the utility’s renewable portfolio goal of 20 percent by 2010. The project will utilize existing transmission to deliver the clean wind power to Los Angeles.
enXco develops, constructs, operates, and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States. For more than two decades, they have been a leader in wind-energy focusing on large-scale wind projects. enXco’s portfolio includes solar and biomass technologies, in an effort to help drive the transition to a sustainable energy economy. enXco has grown to be a significant owner and developer of wind-energy installations in the United States, and is the largest third-party operations and maintenance provider for wind farms in North America.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, provides reliable, low-cost water and power services to Los Angeles residents and businesses in an environmentally responsible manner.
The Southern California Public Power Authority is a joint powers authority consisting of 11 municipal utilities and one irrigation district. SCPPA members deliver electricity to approximately 2 million customers over an area of 7,000 square miles, with a total population base of approximately 6 million.
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