Kennett Square, PA, Nov. 21, 2005 — Exelon Corp. is celebrating more than 1 million megawatt-hours sold as it enters its fifth year in the wind energy business and continues to provide emission-free electricity to customers throughout Pennsylvania.
Exelon has 20-year agreements to purchase the power from Mill Run and Somerset wind farms, located southeast of Pittsburgh, Waymart Wind Energy Center, near Scranton, Pa., and Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in Thomas, West Virginia.
Since coming online in Oct. 2001, the Mill Run and Somerset wind farms have produced about 250,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of emission-free electricity.
Mountaineer began commercial operations in Jan. 2003 and has produced about 500,000 MWh since then. Waymart came online at the end of 2003 and has produced about 300,000 MWh.
Mid-market originator for Exelon’s power team Mike Freeman called the number of customers volunteering for wind-generated electricity “gratifying” and said the premiums customers pay for wind power have supported new construction of wind plants and the wholesale of wind energy.
In addition to residential customer interest in wind energy, commercial customers in Pennsylvania have accounted for some of the wind energy purchases including the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Philadelphia Suburban Water Corp. and Giant Eagle Inc.
Since 2001, commercial customers such as the US Army, US Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and many others have purchased wind power from Pennsylvania wind farms.