The wind power projects in the portfolio include two wind farm sites operating in Oklahoma, the Taloga project, commissioned earlier this year with a gross generating capacity of 130 MW and the Buffalo Bear project, commissioned in 2008 with a gross generating capacity of 19 MW. The third site in the portfolio is the Pinnacle project nearing completion of construction in West Virginia, which will have a gross operating capacity of 55 MW when operational. The projects sell electricity generated to utilities and public agency customers under long-term power purchase agreements.
The financing package consists of a 10-year $214 million fully amortizing term loan facility, and 10-year letter of credit and working capital facilities totaling $28 million. Approximately $96 million of the credit facilities related to the Pinnacle project will be available when the project achieves certain completion milestones. EME expects construction to be completed and the requirements to be satisfied in the first quarter of 2012. Funding available from the term loan facility when drawn will be distributed to EME for general corporate purposes, net of transaction costs.
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Edison Mission Group is one of the largest developers of wind energy projects in the U.S. with a current portfolio of 31 projects in operation or under construction in 11 states with a total generating capacity of nearly 2,000 megawatts.
Edison Mission Group has around 29 wind power projects in its portfolio either in the stage of power production or in the construction stage in 10 states in the USA with a total power production capability of over 1,800 MW.