Pedernales to buy power generated by King Creek wind project in Texas

PEC signed a 15-year PPA for the King Creek 1 Wind Project. Image credit: Billy Hathorn.

Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the largest distribution electric cooperative in the US, has announced buying electricity generated at the King Creek wind project in Texas.

PEC has signed a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with EDF Renewables North America to buy a 100MW capacity from the King Creek 1 Wind Project.

The King Creek project is expected to start producing clean electricity in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Located on ranch land in Throckmorton and Haskell Counties, Texas, King Creek 1 will feature 47 wind turbines.

“EDF Renewables looks forward to supplying Pedernales with competitively-priced, clean energy through the King Creek 1 Wind Project,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President, Grid-Scale Power at EDF Renewables.

“Pedernales’ decision to include clean energy in its resource portfolio helped to make the project a reality, which will provide an economic boost to the local economy through new construction and operations jobs, and expanded tax base.”

At full capacity, the King Creek wind project is expected to meet electricity consumption requirements of approximately 26,000 average Texas homes.

Selected by PEC under its 2020 request for proposal (RFP), the project is in the west zone of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market.

“We’re excited about the expansion of our power portfolio to include 100 MW of wind power,” said Julie C. Parsley, PEC’s Chief Executive Officer.

EDF has developed 16GW of renewable projects developed throughout North America.

Recently, the company acquired a 4.5GW solar portfolio, which consists of more 20 projects in various stages of development.

The acquisition is expected to accelerate the growth of EDF Renewables North America in the PJM wholesale electricity market.

In July, the company has signed a 22-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with NV Energy for the Chuckwalla Solar+Storage project.

The Chuckwalla project includes a 200MW solar photovoltaic project and a 180MW, four-hour battery storage system.