An Ohio utility says it will purchase up to 100 MW of output from its 304 MW Blue Creek Wind Farm in western Ohio. One of the first large-scale wind farms in Ohio, Blue Creek will sprout 152 wind turbines each rated at 2 MW, and is expected to finish by the end of 2011. Although the wind-energy will not be used until October of 2012, the agreement between utility First Energy and developer Iberdrola Renewables, is set for a 20-year term.
This announcement marks the second such agreement between Iberdrola Renewables and First Energy, but the first providing power to Ohio residents. Iberdrola usually works in states such as Washington, Colorado and California. By partnering with the Akron, Ohio-based utility, Iderdrola is expanding to a key midwestern state, where adoption of green technology has been relatively slow. The Blue Creek Wind Farm is projected to bring in nearly $3 million in local tax revenue so the deal comes at a good time for Ohio which is facing about an $8 million deficit. Iberdrola says at least eighteen different businesses in Ohio are supporting construction efforts of the wind farm, and the company plans to establish fifteen to twenty permanent jobs in the local area.