GE Wins $1.4 Billion Turbine Order
for Biggest Wind Farm So Far
Dec 10, 2009 - Rachel Layne and Christopher
Martin - Bloomberg
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General Electric Co. won a $1.4 billion
contract to supply turbines and services for an Oregon
wind farm that would be bigger than any completed
so far and supply a tenth of Southern California Edison’s
GE, whose equipment generates one-third
of the world’s electricity, will supply 338 of its
2.5-megawatt turbines to Caithness Energy LLC to be
installed in 2011 and 2012 and will hold a 10-year
service contract, the companies said in a statement.
About 400 people will be needed during construction
of the wind farm and 35 to run the plant, GE said.
The Shepherd’s Flat project, when finished,
will supply energy to the U.S. west coast grid, including
Southern California Edison, Les Gelber a partner at
New York-based Caithness, said in the statement. The
two-year construction project, to begin in 2010, entails
building about 85 miles of road and 90 miles of power
lines that will connect to the grid.
Shepherd’s Flat will provide enough
energy to power 235,000 average California homes and
have the capacity to generate 2 billion kilowatt hours
a year, the statement said. GE Energy Financial Services
will also invest an undisclosed amount in the project.
During the third quarter, customers
of Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE installed wind
turbines capable of generating 692 megawatts, or 43
percent of the 1,600 megawatts in wind-power generators
added in the period, according to the Washington-based
American Wind Energy Association. The GE Energy division
is based in Atlanta.
Total U.S. wind power capacity increased
5.4 percent in the third quarter to 31,040 megawatts
as project financing resumed and utilities sought
to increase supplies of renewable energy to meet state
mandates, the association said. Southern California
Edison is a unit of Rosemead, California-based Edison
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