Sempra Generation invests in second phase of largest Midwest wind farm

Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), today announced it has become an equal partner with BP Wind Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of BP (NYSE:BP), in the development of the 200-megawatt (MW) Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm in Benton County, Ind.

The Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm joint venture currently is under construction on a 17,000-acre site about 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis and is expected to be operational in the first quarter 2010. The 200-MW facility will produce enough electricity for approximately 60,000 homes.

The project’s entire wind power output already has been sold under four, long-term 50-MW contracts. Three contracts were signed with units of American Electric Power and, one, with Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana for terms of 20 years each. The project will use 133 wind turbines, each with the ability to generate 1.5 MW.

The Fowler Ridge II development is an expansion of Fowler Ridge I, a 400-MW wind farm that commenced operations in March 2009. Combined, the two projects will comprise the Midwest’s largest wind farm, generating 600 MW, or enough clean energy to power about 180,000 homes.

“Fowler Ridge II will be our first operating wind-farm investment and expands our portfolio of renewable-energy assets,” said Michael Allman, president and chief executive officer of Sempra Generation. “This project will supply clean power to utilities in the region and strengthen Sempra Generation’s position as a national leader in sustainable energy development.”

In 2008, Sempra Generation completed the construction of North America’s largest thin-film solar power plant, El Dorado Solar. The plant is located near Las Vegas and is capable of generating 10 MW of solar energy. El Dorado Solar’s output is fully contracted with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for 20 years. An additional 48 MW of solar power is proposed adjacent to the El Dorado Solar site; PG&E also has contracted to purchase the output for 20 years. That contract is pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Sempra Generation operates and maintains a fleet of clean, efficient natural gas fueled power plants serving the U.S. market and is in the process of developing a solar and wind power projects in the Pacific Southwest.

Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2008 revenues of nearly $11 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,600 employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide.

Energía Sierra Juárez

Sempra Generation’s first wind power project. It represents the company’s commitment to meeting energy needs in an environmentally responsible manner.

Energía Sierra Juárez is a response to environmental public-policy initiatives and increasing demands for renewable energy projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In its first phase, the $400 million project would generate between 150 megawatts (MW) and 200 MW of power from wind turbines to be installed along the easterly ridge lines of the Sierra de Juárez mountains in the Ejido Jacume near the Baja California town of La Rumorosa, about 70 miles east of San Diego and across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sempra Generation has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison for the first phase of the project’s power output. Potential future phases Energía Sierra Juárez could grow to generate as much as 1,000 MW of clean wind energy.

The project is located along the Sierra de Juárez mountains in the Ejido Jacume north of the town of La Rumorosa, about 70 miles east of San Diego and across the U.S.-Mexico border.

First phase: 150 megawatts (MW) to 200 MW, or enough electricity for between 60,000 and 85,000 homes. Potential future phases could result in a total output of 1,000 MW.

Wind turbines, each capable of generating approximately 1.5 MW to 3.0 MW.