UPDATED - EDF EN commissions 400 MW of wind parks in US

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January 6 (SeeNews) - EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has commissioned two wind farms in the US with a combined capacity of 400 MW, it was announced.

The company, owned by France’s EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), said on Tuesday that the 250-MW Roosevelt wind farm in New Mexico has reached commercial operation in mid-December. On Wednesday, EDF EN said that its unit had also commissioned the 150-MW Slate Creek wind park in Kansas.

The Roosevelt plant is now selling electricity to Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS), a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, under a fixed-price power purchase agreement (PPA) with a term of 20 years. The power generated by the wind farm will be enough to meet demand from 138,000 average local homes annually, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

The project entered the construction phase a year ago. It involved erecting 125 units of 2-MW Vestas turbines at a site to the southwest of Portales in Roosevelt County.

The Slate Creek wind park is located to the south of Wichita and consists of 75 turbines. They have the combined capacity to power 50,500 Kansas homes a year. The plant’s output will be sold to Great Plains Energy under a 20-year PPA with a fixed price.

EDF RE currently has about 7.6 GW of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Its installed capacity in North America amounts to 4 GW.

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