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Pennsylvania 9 MW plant gets power purchase agreement

A 20 year power purchase agreement has been signed for a new 9 MW wind plant in Pennsylvania to be co-developed by Atlantic Renewable Energy Corp and completed this fall. The electricity from the Somerset wind farm, to consist of six 1.5 MW Enron turbines, will be bought by Excelon Generation of Pennsylvania and sold exclusively to Community Energy Inc, a retailer of renewable energy also based in the state. The other party developing the plant is Zilkha Renewable Energy LLC of Houston, Texas, a newcomer to the field. Community Energy also announced on April 23 that it will offer wind power to residential and commercial customers in Pennsylvania in partnership with PECO Energy, which delivers electricity to 1.5 million retail customers and natural gas to 425,000 customers in the south-east of the state. To be sold under the partnership, too, is power from the 15 MW Mill Run wind project in Fayette County, announced on March 14 and being developed by the same two companies, Atlantic Renewable and Zilkha. "This is the kind of forward-thinking energy strategy that environmentalists look for," says Joseph Minott, director of the local Clean Air Council. The wind product will be marketed by a coalition of environmental groups, government agencies and businesses. If the average home switched one-third of its consumption to wind power, its bill would increase by about $5.00 a month, says PECO. Pennsylvania is the hottest state for wind in the eastern US, along with New York. Already constructed is a 10.4 MW wind farm of Nordex turbines in Garrett, from which power is sold to retail customers by Green Mountain Energy. Wind power will also be sold by Community Energy from two turbines in north-east Pennsylvania to come on-line this year. It already markets wind from two turbines on the same site, at Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazleton.

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