EDF Energies Nouvelles disputes termination of Merricourt wind energy project by Northern States Power

enXco, the American subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, announces its intention to dispute the termination notice received on April 1 from Northern States Power Co., an Xcel Energy company, regarding the purchase agreement related to the Merricourt wind power project (DSSA).

Northern States Power’s (NSP) decision is based on a concern recently raised by the environmental protection authorities about the impact of the wind farm project on bird species’ migration patterns.

enXco continues to be actively working on these issues and considers the required answers have been provided to NSP. For these reasons, enXco disputes the relevance and materiality of these concerns to NSP’s obligations under the parties’ agreements.

On November 3, 2008, enXco announced plans to develop and build two wind turbines projects for Xcel Energy: Nobles wind farm project (201 MW) in southwestern Minnesota and the Merricourt wind farm project (150 MW) in North Dakota. Both wind power projects were approved on May 28, 2009 by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

On August 12, 2009, the North Dakota Public Service Commission approved the public convenience and necessity of the Merricourt wind energy project. The Nobles wind power project was successfully developed and constructed, entering into service on December 28, 2010.

With operations in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles is a market leader in green electricity production. With a development focused on wind energy for several years and more recently on solar power photovoltaic, the Group is also present in other segments of the renewable energies market: small hydro, marine energy, biomass, biofuel and biogas. In addition, the Group is expanding in the distributed renewable energies sector.

EDF Energies Nouvelles, 50 %-owned by the EDF Group, is listed in Euronext Paris since November 2006 (code "EEN", ISIN code: FR0010400143).