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Calif. community choice aggregator Peninsula Clean Energy signs wind power contracts

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California community choice aggregator (CCA) Peninsula Clean Energy on Jan. 5 said it has agreed to procure 245 megawatts of power from three California wind projects.

The three contracts Peninsula Clean Energy has signed are as follows:

  • Shiloh I: A seven-year extension, through 2030, of an existing 150-megawatt wind project in Solano County with Avangrid Renewables. The current five-year term ends in December 2023;
  • Voyager II: Eight years, through 2028, with Shell Energy North America (US), L.P., for half of the capacity and renewable energy generated by an existing wind project near Mojave, Calif.; and
  • Sky River: Half of the expected 60-MW generated for 20 years from this project being repowered by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources near Bakersfield in Kern County, Calif. The project, which will repower an existing facility by replacing 157 existing turbines with 11 new turbines for Peninsula Clean Energy's portion, is expected to be operational by September 2021.    

The additional wind generation will bring Peninsula Clean Energy closer to meeting its goal of providing 24/7 renewable-only generation by 2025.

It will supplement solar generation, including supply from the newly commissioned 200-MW Wright Solar and 100-MW Mustang Two Whirlaway projects, particularly during colder months and other times when solar power has traditionally waned.  

The American Public Power Association has initiated a new category of membership for community choice aggregation programs.