EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) and partner BlackRock Infrastructure on April 17 celebrated the completion of the 200-MW Hereford Wind project in Texas 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 General Electric 1.85-MW, and 50 Vestas V100 2-MW wind turbines in November 2013 and achieved commercial operation in December 2014.
The project interconnects to the recently-completed Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission infrastructure which enables delivery of power from the strong wind resource regions of West Texas to the rest of Texas. 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 noted.
“We applaud the State of Texas for its vision in designing and implementing the CREZ transmission build-out over the past eight years,” said 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.”
This is the fourth EDF wind project in Texas. Spinning Spur (161 MW) and Bobcat Bluff (150 MW) were commissioned in December 2012, and Spinning Spur II (161 MW) was commissioned in 2014. The company has two additional wind projects in construction, eventually boosting its 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. 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 U.S., Canada, and Mexico.