Clean energy facilities
Firstly, state and local leaders joined NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, and Portland General Electric (PGE) to celebrate the commissioning of North America’s first utility-scale energy facilities. The facilities are to co-locate wind, solar, and battery storage, generating renewable power for customers.
Secondly, at Lexington in Morrow County, Oregon, Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facilities includes 300 megawatts of wind, 50 megawatts of solar, and 30 megawatts of battery storage.
Bringing wind, solar, and energy storage together at one site is quite a significant moment for renewable technologies. We’re pleased to work with Portland General Electric and help them achieve their decarbonization goals.
Rebecca Kujawa, president, and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources.
Thirdly, Wheatridge plays a key role in helping PGE meet Oregon’s targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power served to retail customers by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035, and 100% by 2040.
By supporting innovative projects like Wheatridge, we continue accelerating renewable energy solutions for our state, communities, and customers while maintaining reliability and affordability.
Maria Pope, president, and CEO of Portland General Electric.
The facilities generate power using wind and solar technology. The battery storage system stores electricity not immediately used and delivers it when the wind is not blowing, and the sun is not shining.
The Wheatridge wind farm construction, solar, and storage sites created 300 jobs. Also, it brought significant investment to the community. Approximately ten full-time employees operate the combined facilities.
Ownership of energy facilities
Moreover, the project’s early development work as a wind farm was performed by Swaggart Wind Power, LLC, an affiliate of Eolian, L.P. NextEra Energy Resources, purchased the development rights and, together with PGE, expanded the project scope to include solar generation and battery storage.
In addition, power from Wheatridge will reach PGE customers via a new transmission line, constructed by Umatilla Electric Cooperative, that connects Wheatridge locally with the Bonneville Power Administration’s regional high-voltage grid.
As well as, PGE owns 100 megawatts of the wind project. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources owns the balance of the project and will sell its output to PGE under 30- and 20-year power purchase agreements. The NextEra Energy Resources’ subsidiary built and operates the combined facility.
NextEra Energy Resources
Is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., With approximately 24,600 megawatts of total net generating capacity, primarily in 38 states and Canada, as of year-end 2021.
With its affiliated entities, the company is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun based on 2021 megawatt hours produced on a net generation basis and a world leader in battery storage.
The business operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra nuclear fleet. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc subsidiary.
About Portland General Electric Company
It is an integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon. The company serves approximately 900,000 customers with a service area population of 2 million Oregonians in 51 cities.
PGE owns 16 generation plants across Oregon and other Northwestern states and maintains and operates nine public parks and recreation areas. For more than 130 years, PGE has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, and reliable energy to Oregonians.
The company is committed to achieving at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and a 100% reduction by 2040. In 2021, PGE became the first U.S. utility to join The Climate Pledge.
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