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The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL), a Michigan-based public utility, has entered into a 19.2 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with Exelon Wind. The BWL notes the deal represents its first-ever contract for wind energy.

Under the 20-year agreement, the utility will buy the output from the Beebe 1B project, which will be located east of Ithaca in Gratiot County, Mich. The wind farm will comprise eight Nordex N117 wind turbines. The 2.4 MW machines are designed for moderate wind sites and will be on 300-foot towers.

A BWL spokesperson says project construction is slated to begin later this year or early next year, and the wind farm is expected to be operational in fall 2014. The BWL adds that this contract helps put the utility on track to meet Michigan’s 10% by 2015 renewable portfolio standard.

“We’re excited about bringing the BWL’s first wind-energy-sourced electricity supply to our customers,” says J. Peter Lark, BWL general manager. “This adds another clean-energy component to the BWL’s renewable energy portfolio.”



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