EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) and partner BlackRock Infrastructure, celebrated the completion of the 200 megawatt (MW) Hereford Wind project today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. State and local representatives joined EDF RE and BlackRock Infrastructure to recognize the supportive community and benefits of wind to the region.
The Hereford Wind project, encompassing approximately 15,000 acres in Deaf Smith County, southeast of the town of Hereford, commenced construction of 54 GE 1.85-megawatt, and 50 Vestas V100 2.0-megawatt wind turbines in November 2013 and achieved commercial operation on December 22, 2014.
The Project interconnects to the recently completed Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission infrastructure which enables delivery of long-term, clean, competitively priced power from the strong wind resource regions of West Texas to the rest of Texas. Generating enough electricity to power approximately 55,000 homes, the project also avoids greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 80,000 vehicles off the road.
Congressman Mac Thornberry commented, “Our country has been blessed with incredible natural resources that offer us the chance to increase production of all kinds of energy here at home. It is encouraging to see folks in Deaf Smith County using some of these resources to generate good jobs.”
“Those of us from the Panhandle know that wind is part of our everyday lives; leave it to the folks at EDF Renewable Energy to harness that energy making the wind an important aspect of our economy,” said State Senator Kel Seliger. “This project is also a result of smart long-term planning by our state. We need to stay the course for our communities and all Texas consumers.”
Texas continues to leads the nation in installed wind capacity, due to robust wind resources, a business friendly environment, and supportive stakeholders at the state and local levels. The Hereford Wind project represents EDF Renewable Energy’s confidence in the next wave of wind power’s growth and construction in the state and increased investment in Deaf Smith County.
“We applaud the State of Texas for its vision in designing and implementing the CREZ transmission build-out over the past eight years,” commented Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy. “CREZ has served to unlock the rich wind resources of the Texas Panhandle and West Texas for the benefit of millions of Texans, in the form of competitively-priced, clean energy from projects like Hereford Wind.”
Pfaff added, “We encourage Texas to stay the course and complete the remaining, planned CREZ transmission upgrades in the Panhandle, unlocking some of the State’s most economical energy resources in the process.”
As part of EDF Renewable Energy’s community engagement program the company presented the Deaf Smith County Crisis Center with a $2500 donation.
Following on from the Spinning Spur (161 MW) and Bobcat Bluff (150 MW) projects commissioned in December 2012; and Spinning Spur II (161 MW) commissioned in 2014, Hereford Wind is EDF Renewable Energy’s fourth operating project in Texas. The company has two additional wind projects in construction, eventually boosting the Group’s installed capacity in the state to over 1 GW.
EDF Renewable Services will provide long-term operations and maintenance for the facility, balance of plant, project oversight, and 24/7 remote monitoring from its NERC compliant Operations Control Center (OCC).
EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer with more than 25 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project development, management to operations and maintenance. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. The company develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States for its own accord as well as for third parties. EDF Renewable Energy’s North American portfolio consists of 5.5 gigawatts of developed projects with 3.1 gigawatts of installed capacity throughout US, Canada, and Mexico. EDF Renewable Energy is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles. EDF Energies Nouvelles is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world.