SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1, 2001 – SeaWest WindPower, Inc. and PG&E National Energy Group (PG&E NEG) today announced that the 44.4-megawatt Mountain View Power Partners I and the 22.2-megawatt Mountain View Power Partners II wind energy projects near Palm Springs, Calif., have begun commercial operation, delivering clean, renewable power to California customers.
PG&E NEG is part of San Francisco-based PG&E Corporation.
The projects, located near the San Gorgonio Pass, were developed and constructed by SeaWest. They were acquired by PG&E NEG in transactions that were fully completed on Sept. 28, 2001. PG&E NEG has contracted with SeaWest for the operation and maintenance of the wind units. The Mountain View I & II projects utilize 111 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MHI MWT 600kW wind turbines. The turbines are mounted on 50- and 60-meter tubular towers and are designed to produce enough energy for more than 40,000 homes in California.
The California Department of Water Resources will purchase the entire output of the two wind projects, under a long-term contract.
“We are very pleased to add these two wind energy plants to our western power resource portfolio,” said Tom King, president and chief operating officer of PG&E NEG’s West Region. “The Mountain View wind projects provide a clean, economical source of renewable electricity for California customers, and will help ensure that the energy needs of that state will be met by a reliable and diverse mix of resources.”
“The Mountain View I & II projects are a significant addition to SeaWest’s California operations,” said SeaWest’s newly appointed president and chief executive officer, Christian Engsted. “Both projects are evidence of our successful new relationship with PG&E National Energy Group. These projects reinforce our continuing commitment to work with the state of California, through the California Energy Commission, to help resolve its energy needs in a clean, sustainable manner, and they will provide long-term solutions today by increasing California’s long-term energy supply.”
“Renewables, including wind energy, can significantly improve electricity system reliability with very minimal environmental impact,” said Michael Moore, chair of the California Energy Commission’s Electricity and Natural Gas Committee. “We’re pleased to see these projects coming on-line, especially right now when every megawatt counts. These projects are an important part of more than 1,000 megawatts of new renewable capacity being built in California in response to the Energy Commission’s incentive program for new renewable electricity generators.”
In addition to the Mountain View projects, PG&E NEG owns the Madison Windpower Project in Madison, N.Y. The company markets the environmental attributes from both its New York and California wind projects through its innovative PureWind(SM) campaign. The PureWind(SM) program enables partners – such as large industrial, commercial, retail, industrial and institutional entities, as well as “green” energy marketers – to purchase certificates that represent the air emissions avoided with each megawatt-hour of wind power generated. Individuals interested in participating in the PureWind(SM) program can visit the website at www.purewind.com.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., PG&E National Energy Group develops, builds, owns and operates electric generating and natural gas pipeline facilities and provides energy trading, marketing and risk-management services.
Having been in the wind industry for two decades, SeaWest WindPower, Inc., is a independent developer of utility-scale wind energy projects. With the addition of the Mountain View projects, SeaWest will have completed nearly 450 megawatts of wind power projects in California, in addition to nearly 200 megawatts of projects in Wyoming, the United Kingdom and continental Europe. For more information, visit the company website at www.seawestwindpower.com.