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BP and Sempra in $1bn wind expansion

UNITED STATES: BP Wind Energy and Sempra Energy have announced a $1 billion plan to build a pair of American wind farms totalling 560MW.

The projects will use GE's 1.6MW turbine
The projects will use GE's 1.6MW turbine

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Both projects — the 141MW Mehoopany wind farm in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, and the 419 MW Flat Ridge 2 wind farm near Wichita, Kansas — will be the largest to date in their respective states and are fully contracted under long-term power purchase agreements.

The two projects will use 1.6MW GE turbines and are expected to be online late this year, making them eligible for the lucrative federal production tax credit before its scheduled expiration at end of the year.

BP Wind Energy and Sempra combined in 2009 on the 200MW Fowler Ridge 2 wind farm in Benton County, Indiana, and last year on the 250MW Cedar Creek 2 wind farm in Weld County, Colorado. 

BP Wind Energy, part of BP Alternative Energy, is a principal owner and operator of wind power facilities with interest in 13 wind farms and gross generating capacity of 1,730 MW. Sempra US Gas & Power, a developer of renewable energy and natural gas, is a subsidiary of holding company Sempra Energy.

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