Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development) says that it has signed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) and Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) to deliver wind power from the 200-MW Duran Mesa Wind project in development near Corona, New Mexico.
“Through strategic partnerships with other Community Choice Energy agencies like Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Monterey Bay Community Power can leverage additional resources and buying power to develop bigger and more affordable renewable energy projects, which is a landmark achievement for MBCP only being in our first year of service,” said Bruce McPherson, MBCP Board Chair.”
SVCE has signed a 15-year PPA for 110 MW and MBCP has signed a 15-year PPA for 90 MW.
“It’s a very positive sign for our industry that these two important public agencies are making their first long-term wind power purchase agreements – and we’re honored to partner with them in New Mexico,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development. “We are making strong progress on our extensive development projects in New Mexico, where the wind resource is one of the strongest in the country and has an evening ramp that creates an ideal complement to California solar power.”
Garland added: “These contracts will increase Pattern Development’s contribution to California climate goals to well over a gigawatt of wind energy serving California customers.”
Construction of Duran Mesa Wind is anticipated to begin in late 2019, and the project is expected to reach commercial operation in late 2020. Power from the wind project will be delivered to California in part via the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a 520-mile 500-kV transmission line under development in New Mexico and Arizona by SouthWestern Power Group, which is also expected to achieve commercial operation by 2020.
Duran Mesa Wind is a 200-MW project within Pattern Development’s 2,200 MW Corona Wind Projects in New Mexico.
Previously, Pattern Development completed the 265-MW Ocotillo Wind and 101-MW Hatchet Ridge Wind facilities in California, as well as the 324-MW Broadview Wind facilities which serve Californian customers from New Mexico. The 221-MW Grady Wind project in New Mexico is under construction and will also sell power to California customers.
The company developed the 345kV AC Western Interconnect Transmission facility that connects to both Broadview Wind and Grady Wind. Pattern Development’s transmission team also constructed California’s first and only merchant transmission line, the Trans Bay Cable, which increased reliability and reduced rates for the San Francisco bay area.