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EDF Partners with Tucson Electric Power to develop Oso Grande Wind Project

EDF Partnered with Tucson Electric Power

Oso Grande Wind Project will supply cost-competitive renewable energy to customers

EDF Renewables North America, a market leading independent power producer and service provider have announced that they have partnered with Tucson Electric Power for a Build and Transfer Agreement for the 247 MV Oso Grande Wind Project. The Oso Grande Wind Project will include a total of 61 wind generation turbines. The output of these turbines will be supplied to Tucson Grand Power through existing transmission lines which are connected to TEP’s transmission system. EDF will not only manage the construction process but also the development of the project on behalf of Tucson Electric Power. The construction process will commence later in 2019 and the project will be operational by the end of 2020.

Ryan Pfaff Executive Vice President, Grid-Scale Power, EDF Renewables, stated, “EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with TEP to supply cost-competitive, renewable energy to its customers from the Oso Grande Wind Project.”  Further, he added, “We look forward to assisting TEP in meeting its clean energy goals by completing Oso Grande in the second half of 2020.”

Achieving sustainability objectives through generation of renewable energy

After completion, the Oso Grande Wind Project would generate about 2/3rd of clean power. The expected annual production of renewable energy would be adequate to meet the requirements of clean electricity of about 100,000 homes. This would avoid nearly 688,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually which are equivalent to greenhouse emissions from nearly 146,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.

David G. Hutchens, CEO, and President of Tucson Electric Power, stated, “This cost-effective system will become TEP’s largest renewable energy resource, accelerating our progress toward our clean energy goals while allowing us to help customers achieve their own sustainability objectives.”

Previous acquisitions of EDF Renewables North America

EDF Renewables North America had previously signed a purchase agreement with York Nebraska Wind Partners LLC, for 100 percent of the interests in the 300 Megawatt (MV) Milligan 1 Wind Project. This project is in development and will commence in late 2020.  The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of      up to 115,000 average homes. This is equivalent to avoiding more than 900,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 190,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.