Shell buys the wind in Wyoming

Shell Renewables’ US wind energy operation, Shell WindEnergy, has purchased a 50 MWatt wind farm in Wyoming.

The project, dubbed Rock River I, has been developed by wind farm developer SeaWest WindPower. It comprises 50 one-MW Mitsubishi wind turbines.

The wind farm is scheduled to begin generating electricity in October 2001. All energy produced, and the emissions reduction credits, will be sold to PacifiCorp under a single 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

David Jones, Director of Shell WindEnergy, said: ‘Wind is the fastest growing area of energy generation world-wide with year on year growth of 25%. The US market alone will see 1,500MW of new capacity installed this year. The acquisition of Rock River is important for Shell Renewables on two fronts – it is our first major wind energy project and our first step in the US market.’

Over 1000MW of wind energy projects are currently being progressed by Shell Renewables in the US, Europe and North Africa. Shell Renewables was awarded a site off the north west coast of England in the UK Government’s recent offshore licensing round.