Thursday, 24 January 2013

Pattern Energy starts providing wind power for Sempra
10 Jan 2013

Pattern Energy Group LP, a closely held energy developer, said its Ocotillo wind farm in southern California has begun providing power for Sempra Energy's San Diego Gas & Electric utility.

The 265 MW project in Imperial Valley entered operation last month, San Francisco-based Pattern said today in a statement. Ocotillo consists of 94 Siemens AG (SIE) turbines, and an additional 18 will be installed in the spring to provide enough energy for about 125,000 homes a year once fully operational, according to the statement.

SDG&E has a 20 year contract to purchase all of Ocotillo's power. The wind farm is the first clean-energy project to transmit power across the utility's 117 mile (188 km) SunRise Powerlink transmission line, which was completed in June and will eventually deliver 1,000 MWs of electricity into San Diego, Pattern said.