One of the biggest wind farms in the western U.S. just got bigger. Wind energy company First Wind has announced that construction of its Milford Wind Corridor Phase II (Milford II) project is complete and has commenced commercial operations. The 102 megawatt project is comprised of 68, 1.5 megawatt GE turbines. Milford II builds on First Wind’s 204 megawatt Milford I facility, both of which are located in the southwest Utah counties of Millard and Beaver.
The combined 306 megawatt output of Milford I and II is said to be capable of generating enough energy to power up to 64,000 homes and represent the equivalent of a reduction in 300,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
The power that Milford II generates is being supplied to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Glendale Water and Power as part of a power purchase agreement with Southern California Public Power Authority. The agreement builds on the renewable energy that Milford I already sends to Los Angeles, Burbank and Pasadena, California.
Will there be a Milford III? According to this release from the U.S. Department of the Interior, it is entirely possible. Project scoping for the proposed Milford Phase III facility appears to be under way and, if the project comes to fruition, could involve the installation of as many as 300 wind turbines, which would represent a significant increase in size for the already grandiose Utah wind facility.