ScottishPower adds UK and US wind generation

21 November 2002 – ScottishPower today unveiled plans for expanding its wind power generation business in the US and in Scotland.

The company said it is to submit plans to Argyll and Bute Council for a à‚£20-30m ($47-63m) windfarm at Inverliever near Loch Awe in Argyll comprising 22 turbines and generating 30 MW.

ScottishPower also said that its competitive US energy business, PacifiCorp Power Marketing, Inc. (PPM), will expand its 1000 MW portfolio of wind and gas generation with another 50 MW of new wind power in the Midwestern US.

PPM will construct the $55m, 50 MW Moraine Wind Power Project in southwest Minnesota, which is expected to go into commercial operation in fall 2003. As part of its strategy, PPM will supply wind-generated electricity to regional utility Northern States Power (NSP) through a long-term power purchase agreement approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in July 2002.

PPM also recently entered into an agreement to purchase from FPL Energy the entire output of the proposed High Winds windfarm in northern California. The windfarm is expected to be 150 MW when completed. PPM is actively marketing the energy from High Winds to wholesale customers in California, a state that this fall adopted an aggressive renewable portfolio standard. Under this standard, utilities must supply 20 per cent of their energy portfolio from renewable sources by 2017. High Winds is expected to begin operation in summer 2003.

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