EDF’s 184-MW Kelly Creek wind farm in Illinois spins into commercial operation

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) announced Dec. 27 that the 184-MW Kelly Creek Wind Project in Illinois has reached commercial operation.

The project, located 60 miles southwest of Chicago in Ford and Kankakee counties, is made up of 92 Vestas V100 wind turbines. lt will sell electricity into the PJM Interconnection wholesale market on a merchant basis.

“EDF Renewable Energy is pleased to announce commercial operation of the Kelly Creek Wind Project, which is now supplying cost-competitive, fixed-priced, clean energy to the PJM Energy Market,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President for Development at EDF RE. “EDF RE is also proud of Kelly Creek’s positive economic impact, generated through the use of wind turbine towers, blades and nacelles manufactured at Vestas’ Colorado facilities, the creation of approximately 100 construction jobs and 10 long-term, full-time operations jobs, long-term lease payments to landowners, and recurring tax payments to local municipalities.”

EDF Renewable Services, a leading provider of renewable operations and maintenance services in North America, will provide balance-of-plant operations and maintenance for the facility including 24/7 remote monitoring from its NERC-compliant Operations Control Center (OCC).

EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 8 GW of wind, solar, biomass, and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.The operations and maintenance subsidiary, EDF Renewable Services, operates 11 GW 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.

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