SCE Signs Contract to Purchase Power From Shepherd’s Flat Wind Project
Southern California Edison has signed a 20-year contract with DCE, an affiliate of Caithness Energy, which will provide up to 909MW megawatts of wind power. The Caithness Shepherd’s Flat project is expected to be one of the world’s largest fully permitted wind farms.
The project involves the installation of 303 wind turbines across 30 square miles in Gilliam and Morrow counties in north-central Oregon between 2011 and 2012.
The Shepherd’s Flat project is expected to generate two billion kWh per year of renewable energy, which is more than one-tenth of Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) overall renewable portfolio.
The project will benefit customers because it requires no additional or upgraded transmission lines, which reportedly lessens the time it takes for a power plant of this magnitude to come on line.
Stuart Hemphill, SCE vice president of renewable and alternative power, said: “This contract is a crown jewel in our renewable energy portfolio. The project is attractive to SCE because of its size, near-term delivery and its competitive price.”