BP to Start Building Three US Wind Farms

BP Alternative Energy intends to start building the wind farm Goshen North, in Idaho, later this quarter. The 124.5-MW wind energy plan is expected to become operational later this year.

In 2011, BP will start the construction of the 200-MW Golden Hills I wind power plant in Oregon and the 250-MW Cedar Creek II wind facility in Colorado. The Cedar Creek wind energy project is 67% owned by Infigen Energy, an Australia-based wind-power supplier formerly known as Babcock & Brown Wind Partners.

BP runs over 1,200 MW of wind power capacity in the U.S. Following a strategic review in 2008, BP decided to concentrate its global wind turbines development activities on the portfolio of onshore wind power development projects and opportunities that it had built up across the US.

Over the past three years, BP has built a wind energy business in the US with interests in over 1,000 MW of installed gross generating capacity and more than 1,000 MW gross capacity at an advanced stage of development. In total, BP’s US wind energy portfolio contains almost 100 projects, with a total potential generating capacity of up to 20,000 MW.

BP currently has interests in six operating wind farms in the US: the 400 MW Fowler Ridge I project in Indiana; the 300.5 MW Cedar Creek wind farm in Colorado; the 100 MW Flat Ridge I in Kansas; the 20 MW Edom Hills in California; and the 150 MW Sherbino I project and the 60MW Silver Star I project, both in Texas.