-EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) today has confirmed the order with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to supply V110-2.0 MW wind turbines for the 80 megawatt (MW) Copenhagen Wind Project (Project). In addition, the Company announced that Renewable Energy Systems (RES) was awarded the balance of plant construction contract. With these two milestones in place, the Project is ready to commence construction in August 2017 with commercial operation date (COD) anticipated for November 2018.
Located in Lewis and Jefferson counties in upstate New York, the Project benefits from a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement with Narragansett Electric Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Grid. Own Energy (acquired by EDF RE in 2015) developed the project under a local partnership model enabling stakeholders to profit from the wind project’s success. Copenhagen Wind will support approximately 120 construction jobs and six long-term operations and maintenance jobs.
“Copenhagen is another example of how wind power strengthens America, creates jobs, boosts rural economies, and makes our electricity grid more affordable, reliable and secure,” commented Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President for Development at EDF RE. “We are pleased to forge a new business relationship with National Grid to bring the economic benefits of wind energy to New York.”
“National Grid is pleased to partner with EDF Renewable Energy on the Copenhagen Wind Project,” said Brian Gemmell, National Grid vice president of FERC Strategy and Performance. “We are committed to supporting innovative solutions that harness energy from alternative energy sources and help to achieve the company’s clean energy goals. National Grid is excited to play a leadership role to drive a cleaner, greener energy future to promote New York’s renewable energy target of 50 percent renewables by 2030.”
“Copenhagen will be RES’ first wind project constructed in the State of New York and we are pleased to be contributing to the economic benefits this project will provide to the community,” said Jason Zingerman, VP Construction, RES in the Americas. “This project is another step forward towards our goal of a low carbon future for all and adds to our proud track record of working alongside EDF Renewable Energy.”
The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 35,000 average New York homes. This is equivalent to avoiding more than 177,000 metric tons of CO? emissions annually1 which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 37,500 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.
EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 9 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
1 According to US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.
EDF Renewable Energy is a leading US independent power producer with 30 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project origination, development, sales and marketing, to long-term asset management. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: distributed electricity, storage, biogas, and biomass. EDF Renewable Energy’s North American portfolio consists of 9 gigawatts of developed projects with 4.4 gigawatts of installed capacity throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. The operations and maintenance subsidiary, EDF Renewable Services, operates 10 gigawatts throughout North America. 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.