in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group LP says that its Ocotillo Wind project has reached commercial operation and is transmitting energy to the Sunrise Powerlink, a newly constructed 117-mile 500 kV transmission line linking San Diego and the Imperial Valley in California.

The Ocotillo Wind project, a 265 MW wind farm in Imperial Valley, has 94 turbines that are erected and operational; the remaining 18 turbines will be installed in the spring. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Pattern to purchase the project’s output.

Michael R. Niggli , president and chief operating officer of SDG&E, says the wind farm represents the Powerlink’s “first green contracted megawatts.”

"When the Sunrise Powerlink was put into service this past June, it instantly brought reliability to a region with strained resources; one of the key reasons why the transmission line was designed," Niggli notes.


Hybrid Energy Innovations

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

Smart Grid Interest Continues To Spread Among U.S. Rural Utilities

A new survey gauges rural smart grid efforts across the country and offers key findings, one of which is that nearly all utilities polled are doing something to modernize their systems.


Global Smart Grid Tech Revenue Slated For Solid Growth

According to a report from Navigant Research, annual revenue for smart grid technologies will reach over $70 billion within the next 10 years.


Utilities Partner With Energy Storage To Harness Renewables

As utilities struggle to incorporate the increased use of intermittent renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind power, onto the grid, the power providers are looking to energy storage.


Smart Meter Fire Probe Points To Sensus Design 'Shortcomings'

There has been more fallout in Saskatchewan: An investigation into SaskPower's halted smart meter program says Sensus Generation 3.3 units "have a tendency to leak" and the utility mishandled the rollout.


Two Years After Superstorm Sandy, Utilities Highlight Grid Efforts

As the U.S. reflects on the monster hurricane that struck in October 2012, utilities note what they have done to help protect against future severe weather.

S&C Electric_id176
edf_id180