First large-scale facilities to co-locate wind, solar and battery storage are making the future of clean energy a reality in Oregon
Link for pictures: Wheatridge commissioning photos
LEXINGTON, Oregon., September 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, state and local leaders joined NextEra Energy Resources, LLCand Portland General Electric (PGE) to celebrate the commissioning of the first large-scale energy installations in North America to co-locate wind, solar and battery storage, generating renewable energy for customers.
Near Lexington in Morrow County, Oregon, Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facilities includes 300 megawatts of wind power, 50 megawatts of solar power and 30 megawatts of battery storage. Together, these technologies provide reliable energy from renewable, carbon-free resources.
“Bringing together wind, solar and energy storage on one site is quite an important moment for renewable technologies. We are excited to work with Portland General Electric and help them achieve their decarbonization goals,” said Rebecca Kujawa, President and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest producer of renewable energy from wind and solar, and a global leader in battery storage. “These facilities generate low-cost local power and will provide millions of dollars in additional tax revenue to Morrow County over the life of the project.”
Wheatridge plays a key role in helping PGE respond from oregon targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity supplied to retail customers by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035 and 100% by 2040. Wheatridge’s capabilities allow it to power the equivalent of 100,000 homes, helping to create a cleaner, more resilient Oregon environment.
“By supporting innovative projects like Wheatridge, we continue to accelerate renewable energy solutions for our state, our communities and our customers, while maintaining reliability and affordability,” said Mary Pope, president and CEO of Portland General Electric. “This partnership marks an important technological step in decarbonizing our system and making clean energy available to all Oregonians.”
“Major achievement like Wheatridge doesn’t happen by osmosis – it takes teamwork and I’m glad to have teamed up over the years with PGE, Umatilla Electric, NextEra Energy Resources, local leaders and farmers like Jerry Rietman to help this important project reach this milestone,” said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. “Combined with the historic climate gains I worked for in the Cut Inflation Act, this game-changing renewable energy project will deliver significant benefits that will generate good rural jobs in Eastern Oregon and moving forward towards a clean energy future.”
“It is thanks to projects like Wheatridge that Oregon paves the way for the growth of our clean energy economy. Under my administration, Oregon has taken a comprehensive approach to reducing our carbon emissions and displacing Oregon towards 100% clean energy on one of the most ambitious timelines in the country,” the governor said. Kate Brown. “I strongly believe that we can switch to 100% clean sources of electricity and create well-paying jobs in rural areas. Oregon at a time.
“The urgency of bringing clean energy projects online couldn’t be clearer. Extreme heat, wildfires, drought and winter storms – we are seeing the impacts of climate change in Oregonwith some of the greatest impacts in rural settings Oregon“, Brown added. “Thanks to the Biden-Harris administration, we now have the opportunity to seek federal funding through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the Inflation Reduction Act to create clean energy jobs across the state.”
Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facilities generate electricity using wind and solar technology. The battery storage system stores electricity that is not immediately used and releases it when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining.
“We are delighted that the Wheatridge renewable energy facilities are located in Morrow County and to play a role in providing clean energy to Oregonians,” said Don Russel, Morrow County Commissioner. “This facility provides jobs and tax revenue to our schools and county departments while supporting economic opportunities for the farming community. Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facilities also strengthens Morrow County position in the region’s clean energy economy.
The facilities have brought a significant investment to the community. The construction of the Wheatridge wind farm, solar and storage sites has created 300 jobs. Approximately 10 full-time employees operate the combined facilities.
Ownership and construction
Early development work on the project as a wind farm was carried out by Swaggart Wind Power, LLC, a subsidiary of Eolian, LP NextEra Energy Resources purchased the development rights and, together with PGE, expanded the scope of the project to include solar generation and battery storage.
Electricity from Wheatridge will reach PGE customers via a new transmission line, built by Umatilla Electric Cooperative, which connects Wheatridge locally to the Bonneville Power Administration’s regional high-voltage grid.
PGE owns 100 megawatts of the wind project. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources owns the remainder of the project and will sell its output to PGE under 30- and 20-year power purchase agreements. The NextEra subsidiary Energy Resources built and operates the combined facility.
NextEra Energy Resources
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (together with its affiliated entities, “NextEra Energy Resources”) is a clean energy leader and one of the largest wholesale power generators in the United States, with approximately 24,600 megawatts of capacity of total net production, mainly in 38 states and Canada at the end of 2021. NextEra Energy Resources, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest producer of renewable energy from wind and solar on a 2021 megawatt-hour basis produced on a net generation basis, and a world leader in battery storage. The company operates clean, emission-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire and Wisconsin as part of NextEra Energy’s nuclear fleet. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, FloridaNextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: BORN). For more information, visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, OR. The company serves approximately 900,000 customers with a service area population of 2 million Oregonians in 51 cities. PGE has 16 production plants across Oregon and other northwestern states and maintains and operates 9 public parks and recreation areas. For more than 130 years, PGE has powered the advancement of society, providing safe, affordable and reliable energy to the people of Oregon. PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees work with customers to build a clean energy future. Together with its customers, PGE has the #1 voluntary renewable energy program in the United States. PGE is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electricity supplied to customers by at least 80% by 2030 and by 100% by 2040. In 2021, PGE became the first service American public to join The Climate Pledge. For the ninth year in a row, PGE has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, a benchmark national survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to gender equality. LGBTQ people in the workplace. In 2021, PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated $4.8 million and has volunteered 15,760 hours with more than 300 nonprofit organizations across Oregon. For more information, visit www.PortlandGeneral.com/news.
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