Puget Sound Energy extends wind power agreement with Vestas for 429 MW of wind energy capacity in Washington state

Vestas has received a 10-year extension to a service agreement for three wind power plants in the state of Washington, USA, with a total capacity of 429 MW.


Vestas has signed a 10-year extension agreement to service the Whiskey Ridge, Wild Horse and Hopkins Ridge wind projects.  Located in central Washington, these facilities feature 214 V80-1.8 and 22 V80-2.0 MW turbines.  Since their inception, Vestas has serviced all three sites, which later were incorporated into a Master Service Agreement.  The new agreement extends Vestas’ commitment to the projects through 2025.

A Washington state utility, Puget Sound Energy is the 2nd largest utility owner of wind power in the USA, and the Pacific Northwest’s largest utility producer of renewable energy.

Embodying Vestas’ more flexible approach to service solutions, the extended service agreement, which covers all three sites, includes a time-based availability guarantee that supports optimal turbine utilisation and productivity.  This comprehensive service package includes scheduled preventive maintenance, diagnostic services and unscheduled maintenance, and full component coverage for maximum performance.

“PSE is excited to continue our excellent partnership with Vestas,” said John Mannetti, PSE’s Director of Wind Resources and Asset Management. “They’ve serviced these sites from the beginning of our wind program, and we’re glad they’ll be continuing to work with us as our assets progress through their lifecycle.”

“Extending this service contract speaks to the strong partnership between Vestas and Puget Sound Energy. Since 2005, we have provided world-class service for their fleet of Vestas wind turbines,” says Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “We are proud that Puget Sound Energy continues to trust our dedicated service team to deliver a portfolio management strategy that ensures the greatest long-term optimisation and return on investment for their assets.”

Vestas sold its first wind turbines in the United States in 1980, and established its North America subsidiary the following year.  As of the end of Q3 2014, Vestas had installed 11,879 MW in the US.  Approximately 3,000 US employees work in our four Colorado factories, in our sales and service headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and at close to 200 wind sites currently under service contract with Vestas.

Puget Sound Energy is Washington state’s oldest local energy company.