[Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly called First Wind First Energy. EarthTechling regrets the error.]
One of the biggest wind farms in the West is getting bigger: First Wind just celebrated the start of construction of Milford Wind Phase II, a project that will boost the original Milford Wind installation in southwest Utah by 102 megawatts (MW). All the additional wind power is bound for Southern California.
Work on the expansion actually began in July, according First Wind’s press release, but company officials and local politicos gathered this month, doing what they do at such events: signing their names to a turbine blade and trumpeting to citizens and shareholders the economic benefits of the project.
Milford Phase II adds 68 1.5 MW GE turbines to the Milford wind farm in Millard and Beaver counties. The additional power production will boost the plant’s capacity by 50 percent, to 306 megawatts.
First Wind said a key to the new phase — and perhaps the reason the celebration of the start of construction waited until November — was the completion on October 18 of a long-term power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority. Electricity from Milford I goes to Los Angeles, Burbank and Pasadena; Milford II juice will go to Los Angeles and Glendale.
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