EDF kicks off construction of 161-MW Spinning Spur II wind project

EDF Renewable Energy held an April 24 dedication ceremony marking the completion of the Spinning Spur Wind Project, and also a groundbreaking ceremony for the Spinning Spur II project.

The Spinning Spur projects, located in Oldham County, Texas, are each 161 MW in size. Spinning Spur, comprised of 70 Siemens 2.3-MW turbines, began delivering carbon-free electricity for the benefit of Southwestern Public Service, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), under a 15-year power purchase agreement in December 2012.

Spinning Spur II is slated to start construction in June 2013 and will utilize 87 General Electric (GE) wind turbines with a rated capacity of 1.85 MW each. The project will be one of the first projects to take advantage of the new CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zones) transmission line connecting the wind generating capacity of the Texas Panhandle to high electricity demand areas in the state, EDF noted. The electricity generated will be sold under a 10-year energy purchase agreement.

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, EDF said. The Spinning Spur projects represent the company’s confidence in the next wave of wind power’s growth and construction in the state and increased investment in Oldham County.

“The Production Tax Credit extension in early 2013 and the CREZ transmission line build-out together in parallel create an opportunity for EDF Renewable Energy to strengthen our presence in a promising region of Texas with high-quality wind resources,” said Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF Renewable Energy. “The development of renewable energy is a critically important task for the nation and for local rural communities. We applaud the vision of the Public Utility Commission of Texas for approving and financing the CREZ transmission project and opening a whole new market of low cost renewable energy benefiting the local communities and the environment.”

“Cielo is proud to be a part of the Spinning Spur wind project team that is delivering high tech jobs to the Oldham County area and low cost wind energy to Xcel,” said Walt Hornaday, President of Cielo Wind Services.

Following on from the Spinning Spur (161 MW) and Bobcat Bluff (150 MW) projects commissioned in December 2012, the Spinning Spur II project will be EDF Renewable Energy’s third project in Texas, eventually boosting its installed capacity in the state to 472 MW.

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. EDF Renewable Energy’s portfolio consists of over 3.5 GW of developed projects with 1.8 GW of installed capacity. EDF Renewable Energy is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, which is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.