South Dakota Wind Farm Begins Operations, Allowing First Two Midwest Universities to Be 100% Powered By Renewable Energy
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D., Oct 15,
2008 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
Babcock & Brown and Heartland Consumers Power District
announced today that South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds
dedicated the Wessington Springs Wind farm, located
just south of Wessington Springs, South Dakota. The
51-megawatt (MW) Wessington Springs Wind Farm will
provide clean and renewable energy to the University
of South Dakota (USD) and South Dakota State University
(SDSU), which become the first universities in the
Midwest to be powered with 100% renewable energy.
"The Wessington Springs Wind Farm is a great example
of South Dakota's vast potential for future wind energy
development," said South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds.
"This new wind farm will help encourage the further
development of wind energy throughout our great state."
"By harnessing the strong wind resources in South
Dakota, we are creating a new and sustainable source
of clean energy that will help to power two state
universities and also address the area's growing power
needs," said Hunter Armistead, head of Babcock & Brown's
North American Renewable Energy Group. "We're pleased
to begin operations at Wessington Springs, which is
Babcock & Brown's first wind farm in South Dakota
and increases our total number of operational wind
farms across the country to 21."
"We were looking for a premiere wind developer, and
we found that in Babcock & Brown," said Heartland
General Manager Mike McDowell. "This project will
have a significant impact on the economy and community
of Wessington Springs and the surrounding area, and
will be a tremendous energy producer for Heartland.
With the Wessington Springs Wind Project, Heartland
is the first utility in our state with 20% of its
power supply as renewable resources."
Heartland Consumers Power District and the State
of South Dakota entered a long-term contract in 1976
to supply power to South Dakota State University (SDSU)
and The University of South Dakota (USD). The State
recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
with Heartland to declare that both universities will
now use 100% renewable energy.
The Wessington Springs Wind Farm consists of 34 new
General Electric 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbines,
generating enough clean and renewable energy to power
15,000 homes per year. Construction of the wind farm
began in the spring of 2008. The power produced will
connect to the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
transmission system and be purchased by Heartland
through a long-term power purchase agreement.
Heartland Consumers Power District is a public power
utility created in 1969 by the State of South Dakota.
Based in Madison, Heartland provides low cost, reliable
power, as well as energy services and community development
programs, to communities and state agencies in South
Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. Heartland has a diverse
resource portfolio that includes base-load coal and
nuclear energy, hydropower, and community-based natural
gas and diesel peaking units.
About Babcock & Brown
Babcock & Brown is an international investment and
specialized fund and asset management group with longstanding
capabilities in the creation, syndication and management
of asset and cash flow-based investments.
Babcock & Brown is one of the top five wind energy
developers and operators in the world with more than
20 years of experience in wind energy. Babcock & Brown
currently operates 21 wind farms across ten states,
totaling more than 1600 MW of installed capacity,
which is enough clean and renewable energy to power
more than 400,000 American homes.
Babcock & Brown was founded in San Francisco in 1977.
For further information about Babcock & Brown please
see our website: http://www.babcockbrown.com/.
CONTACT: Matt Dallas of Babcock & Brown, +1-212-796-3918,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Danielle Rosheim
of Heartland Consumers PowerDistrict, +1-605-256-6536,
Web site: http://www.babcockbrown.com/
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