Site Announced for Mobilization
IDAHO FALLS, ID - Ridgeline Energy, LLC and BP Wind Energy have today announced that they are mobilizing the construction site for the Goshen North wind farm in Bonneville County, Idaho. When fully operational, the wind farm will have a generating capacity of 124.5 megawatts (MW) and will be the largest wind facility in the state of Idaho.
Located on an 11,000 acre site approximately 10 miles east of the city ofIdaho Falls, the Goshen North wind farm will utilize 83 GE xle wind turbine generators, each with a rated capacity of 1.5 MW. The project will employ approximately 250 workers during peak construction and is expected to be in commercial operation by year end. The balance of plant contract has been awarded to Mortenson Construction.
Ridgeline Energy CEO Steve Voorhees said, "We are excited about commencing Goshen North construction and furthering our commitment to wind energy development in Idaho. Goshen North and our other Idaho wind energy projects will help diversify the region's energy supply while continuingIdaho's tradition of clean energy generation."
"When operational this wind farm has the potential to deliver over 380 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity every year," said John Graham, president, BP Wind Energy. "The investment that BP and Ridgeline Energy are making will create new jobs during construction, deliver an additional revenue stream to rural communities without impacting traditional farming and ranching, and provide clean, affordable power. The cooperation of the landowners, county officials, contractors and sub-contractors has been key to enabling this project to reach today's milestone."
The Goshen North wind farm is a joint development venture between Ridgeline Energy and BP Wind Energy. The power from the Goshen North wind farm has been sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to Southern California Edison and will generate enough carbon-free electricity to power approximately 37,000 average American homes. BP Wind Energy will be the operator of the wind farm.
Ridgeline Energy, LLC, with personnel located in Idaho, Oregon andWashington, focuses on developing utility-scale wind-energy projects in the western United States that meet our customers' needs and provide significant benefits to our host communities and landowners. For more information visit www.ridgelineenergy.com
Ridgeline is part of Veolia Environment (NYSE:VE) (Paris Euronext:VIE), the world's largest environmental services company providing tailored solutions in energy management, water management, waste services, and freight and passenger transportation. In North America the Veolia Environment operations groups maintain headquarters in Chicago, have been in operation for more than 30 years and employ more than 30,000 people. Visit the company's global Web site at www.veoliaenvironnement.com and the North American Web site at www.veolianorthamerica.com
BP Wind Energy/BP America
BP Wind Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of BP, one of the world's leading energy companies. BP Wind Energy is one of the leading wind developers in the U.S. with a wind portfolio that includes the opportunity to develop almost 100 projects across 25 States. BP Wind Energy has over 1,200 MW in commercial operation and more than 1,000 MW in an advanced stage of development.
BP America is the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the United Statesand one of the nation's largest energy investors. For more information, visit the company's Web sites at http://www.bpalternativenergy.com and www.bp.com/us.
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