Black & Veatch’s global renewable energy group awarded three-year contract by LADWP


OVERLAND PARK, Kan., July 17, 2003 — Black & Veatch announced that its Global Renewable Energy Group, which provides comprehensive project services for renewable energy projects in the areas of wind, solar, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal and ocean energy, has been awarded a three-year contract by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to support the expansion of its renewable resources.

LADWP operates the “Green Power for a Green LA” program, one of the largest green power programs in the United States.

Black & Veatch will provide consulting and engineering services to the LADWP for a wide variety of projects, including wind, biomass, geothermal, small hydro and other renewable energy sources. Potential services will include technical review and due diligence, feasibility studies, strategic planning support and project engineering services. Black & Veatch is currently involved with the LADWP’s 120 megawatt (MW) Pine Tree Wind Project, located near Mojave, Calif.

“For the Pine Tree Wind Project, Black & Veatch will provide LADWP with review and evaluation of all technical aspects of the project, as well as advisory services related to LADWP’s contract with the project developer,” said Ryan Jacobson, Black & Veatch wind energy project manager. “Once complete, the project will produce clean power for approximately 100,000 customers and will be the largest publicly owned wind project in the country. This high-profile development is just the first of several major renewable energy projects we are evaluating for LADWP.”

The Pine Tree Wind Project will be the first wind farm that the LADWP owns to produce power for its customers. It will consist of 80 General Electric 1.5 MW wind turbines and will be installed on more than 22,000 acres. The project is scheduled to begin operation in 2005.

“In addition to its numerous environmental benefits, renewable energy can be good business as well,” said Steve Heyborne, Black & Veatch project manager. “These new facilities will generate affordable electricity while providing safe, clean, renewable energy for decades to come. Black & Veatch is pleased to help make these projects happen.”

Black & Veatch’s Renewable Energy Group consists of experts in all renewable energy technologies with the ability to perform strategic analyses, feasibility studies, design-build, owner’s engineering and independent engineering, making it a full-service provider.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch Corporation is a global engineering, construction and consulting company specializing in infrastructure development in the fields of energy, water and information. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch serves its clients with conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental, security design and consulting, and management consulting services.

Headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., the employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide. Black & Veatch was ranked 78th on the Forbes “500 Largest Private Companies in the U.S.” listing for 2002. The company’s Web site address is www.bv.com.

About the LADWP

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, was established more than 100 years ago to provide a reliable and safe water and electric supply to the city’s businesses and residents. For more information, call 1-800-DIAL-DWP, or log on to www.ladwp.com.


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