EDF RE acquires two Texas projects totaling 394 MW

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EDF Renewable Energy has announced the acquisition of the 194 MW Spinning Spur 3 Wind Project from Cielo Wind Power LP (Cielo).

Spinning Spur 3 is located on approximately 18,000 acres in Oldham County, Texas, roughly 50 miles west of Amarillo. The project expects commercial operation by the end of 2015.

Electricity generated from the Spinning Spur 3 Wind Project will be provided to two municipal utilities, Georgetown Utility Systems and Garland Power & Light, under long-term power purchase agreements.

Additionally, EDF RE has acquired the Longhorn North Wind Project, located in Floyd and Briscoe counties, 60 miles northeast of Lubbock, Texas, from RES Americas. RES Americas will construct Longhorn, its 18th renewable energy project in Texas, under a Balance of Plant (BOP) agreement. Construction on the 200 MW project commenced in time to qualify it for the production tax credit, with an expected completion date at the end of 2015.

Both projects will utilize the CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zone) transmission lines to connect the wind generating capacity of the Texas Panhandle to high electricity demand areas in the state.