SAN DIEGO (July 6, 2017): 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.
“We are pleased to expand our wind business into New York through Copenhagen Wind, and to forge a long-term relationship with National Grid to supply affordable, reliable wind power to its Rhode Island customers,” commented Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President at EDF RE. “Copenhagen Wind is yet another great example of how wind power provides an economic boost to rural America through the creation of local jobs, tax base, and recurring landowner lease payments, and we look forward to partnering with the local community in Lewis and Jefferson Counties to make the project a success.”
“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 CO₂ emissions annually1 which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 37,500 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.
1 According to US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.