EDF to provide services for five ALLETE wind projects

EDF Renewable Services (EDF RS) announced Dec, 22 that it has entered into a contract with ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc. (NYSE: ALE), to provide 24/7/365 remote monitoring and turbine resets for five of its wind projects in Oregon, Iowa, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

The projects include:

  • Condon (49.8 MW) in Oregon;
  • Storm Lake I (108 MW) and Storm Lake II (76.5 MW) in Iowa;
  • Lake Benton I (104.25 MW) in Minnesota; and
  • Armenia Mountain (100.5 MW) in Pennsylvania.

EDF RS also currently provides full service O&M to Chanarambie (85.5 MW) and Viking (9 MW) in Minnesota for a total of 534 MW comprised of General Electric, Mitsubishi and Zond wind turbines.

Under the terms of the agreement, EDF Renewable Services will provide remote services performed by the company’s NERC registered Operations Control Center (OCC).

Chris Burch, O&M Business Development Manager, said: “EDF Renewable Services looks forward to utilizing the capabilities of our state-of-the-art Operations Control Center in order to optimize performance and maximize the returns across all seven projects and to extend our business relationship with ALLETE Clean Energy. We are confident that our expertise in this area will contribute to the long-term success of these assets.”

Dave Leveille, Director of Operations, added: “As ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE) continues to grow our portfolio of operating wind assets we have been pleased to expand our relationship with EDF Renewable Services. This relationship has provided us with access to extensive real-time operational experience and expertise while allowing ACE to focus on our core strengths in operations and maintenance.”

EDF Renewable Services is the leading third-party provider of operations and maintenance services in North America.

ALLETE Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy.

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