Exelon unit signs long term contract for 65 Mw of wind power

Exelon Corp.'s power marketing unit agreed to buy the entire output of a new 65 Mw wind facility to be built in West Virginia.

By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Dec. 28 -- Exelon Corp.'s power marketing unit agreed to buy the entire output of a new 65 Mw wind facility to be built in West Virginia.

The wind power purchase agreement, the third this year for Exelon Power Team, is for 20 years. The contract brings the wind portfolio of Exelon's marketing arm to 144 Mw.

The Backbone Mountain Wind Project will include 42 wind turbines each rated at 1.5 Mw. The project, located in Tucker County, W.Va., is expected to be completed by December 2002 and will interconnect with the Allegheny Power System in the new PJM West Regional Transmission Organization.

Backbone Mountain is expected to be the largest wind farm in the eastern US.

Earlier this year, Exelon Power signed other 20-year wind power purchase agreements including 9 Mw of power from the Somerset Wind Power Project, 15 Mw of output from the Mill Run Wind Project, and 52 Mw of output from Moosic Mountain Wind Farm. All of the projects are located within the PJM Interconnection LLC service territory.

Exelon Power said that it has already sold wind power to large commercial customers for periods of 1-5 years. Businesses such as University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University, Philadelphia Suburban Water Co., and Giant Eagle Foods have all purchased wind power from Exelon Power.

The project shows that wind power can be a commercial success even in the eastern US, Exelon Power said.

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