ENEL BEGINS OPERATION IN USA OF ITS LARGEST WIND FARM

Published on Friday, 31 March 2017

The 400 MW Cimarron Bend wind farm can generate around 1.8 TWh annually

Construction of the project required an overall investment of about 610 million US dollars

The power and renewable energy credits from Cimarron Bend are being sold under two separate PPAs to Google and to the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities

Cimarron Bend is the first plant in Enel’s North American portfolio to provide energy to a corporate off-taker

Rome, March 31st, 2017 – Enel S.p.A. (“Enel”), through its renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), has brought online the 400 MW Cimarron Bend wind farm in Clark County, Kansas, United States. Cimarron Bend is the largest wind farm in Enel’s global portfolio.

The wind facility, whose construction required a total investment of approximately 610 million US dollars, is owned by EGPNA Renewable Energy Partners, LLC (“EGPNA REP”), an equally owned joint venture between EGPNA and GE (NYSE: GE) unit GE Energy Financial Services. Cimarron Bend can generate around 1.8 TWh annually, providing enough energy to meet the annual consumption needs of more than 149,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of around 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 each year.

 “We are pleased to announce the entry into service of this major wind farm, which is also the first in Enel’s US portfolio to generate energy for a corporate off-taker” said Rafael Gonzalez, Head of EGPNA. “Thanks to this significant achievement, in Kansas we are now managing our largest portfolio of North American wind farms and we are further strengthening EGPNA REP, the joint venture which is supporting our dynamic, sustainable growth in North America.”

The power and renewable energy credits from Cimarron Bend are being sold under two bundled, long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs). The first PPA, with Google, began at the end of 2016 with the entry into service of the first 200 MW of the facility. The second PPA is with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and for the 200 MW that have just begun operating.

EGPNA owns four additional wind farms in Kansas – Caney River (200 MW), Smoky Hills I and II (250 MW combined) and Buffalo Dunes (250 MW) – totaling 1.1 GW of operating capacity, representing more than 1.7 billion US dollars in investment made in Kansas.

EGPNA is present in 23 US states and two Canadian provinces with more than 3.2 GW of managed capacity, spread across four different renewable energy technologies: wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower.


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