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TWO NEW WINDPOWER
PROJECTS DELIVER RENEWABLE ENERGY TO CALIFORNIA
Expected to Produce Enough
Energy to Power More Than 40,000 Homes
SAN DIEGO - SeaWest WindPower,
Inc. and PG&E National Energy Group (PG&E NEG) today announced that
the 44.4-megawatt Mountain View Power Partners I and the 22.2-megawatt
Mountain View Power Partners II wind energy projects near Palm Springs,
Calif., have begun commercial operation, delivering clean, renewable
power to California customers. PG&E NEG is part of San Francisco-based
PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG).
The projects, located near
the San Gorgonio Pass, were developed and constructed by SeaWest.
They were acquired by PG&E NEG in transactions that were fully completed
on Sept. 28, 2001. PG&E NEG has contracted with SeaWest for the
operation and maintenance of the wind units. The Mountain View I
& II projects utilize 111 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MHI MWT 600kW
wind turbines. The turbines are mounted on 50- and 60-meter tubular
towers and are designed to produce enough energy for more than 40,000
homes in California.
The California Department
of Water Resources will purchase the entire output of the two wind
projects, under a long-term contract.
"We are very pleased to
add these two wind energy plants to our western power resource portfolio,"
said Tom King, president and chief operating officer of PG&E NEG's
West Region. "The Mountain View wind projects provide a clean, economical
source of renewable electricity for California customers, and will
help ensure that the energy needs of that state will be met by a
reliable and diverse mix of resources."
"The Mountain View I & II
projects are a significant addition to SeaWest's California operations,"
said SeaWest's newly appointed president and chief executive officer,
Christian Engsted. "Both projects are evidence of our successful
new relationship with PG&E National Energy Group. These projects
reinforce our continuing commitment to work with the state of California,
through the California Energy Commission, to help resolve its energy
needs in a clean, sustainable manner, and they will provide long-term
solutions today by increasing California's long-term energy supply."
"Renewables, including wind
energy, can significantly improve electricity system reliability
with very minimal environmental impact," said Michael Moore, chair
of the California Energy Commission's Electricity and Natural Gas
Committee. "We're pleased to see these projects coming on-line,
especially right now when every megawatt counts. These projects
are an important part of more than 1,000 megawatts of new renewable
capacity being built in California in response to the Energy Commission's
incentive program for new renewable electricity generators."
In addition to the Mountain
View projects, PG&E NEG owns the Madison Windpower Project in Madison,
N.Y. The company markets the environmental attributes from both
its New York and California wind projects through its innovative
PureWindsm campaign. The PureWindsm program enables partners --
such as large industrial, commercial, retail, industrial and institutional
entities, as well as "green" energy marketers -- to purchase certificates
that represent the air emissions avoided with each megawatt-hour
of wind power generated. Individuals interested in participating
in the PureWindsm program can visit the website at www.purewind.com.
Headquartered in Bethesda,
Md., PG&E National Energy Group develops, builds, owns and operates
electric generating and natural gas pipeline facilities and provides
energy trading, marketing and risk-management services.
Having been in the wind
industry for two decades, SeaWest WindPower, Inc., is a leading
independent developer of utility-scale wind energy projects. With
the addition of the Mountain View projects, SeaWest will have completed
nearly 450 megawatts of wind power projects in California, in addition
to nearly 200 megawatts of projects in Wyoming, the United Kingdom
and continental Europe. For more information, visit the company
website at www.seawestwindpower.com.