- 26 января 2018, 17:56
- Zacks Investment Research
AVANGRID, Inc.'s AGR subsidiary, Avangrid Renewables, announced that it has begun commercial operations of three new wind farms. The unit began the operation of Tule Wind Farm with generation capacity of 131 megawatts (MW) in California. Other two are, the 298 MW El Cabo Wind Farm in New Mexico, and a 75 MW Twin Buttes II Wind Farm in Colorado.
The company’s long-term plan is to add 1.8 GW of new wind and solar assets to its U.S. fleet within the 2016-2020 period. Out of this, the company has already added in excess of 1,283 MW renewable assets, meeting 71% of its target.
Details of the Wind Farms
The Tule project located in the San Diego County comprises 57 of General Electric GE unit’s wind turbines and supplies renewable energy under a 15-year contract to Southern California Edison (“SCE”), an Edison International EIX company.
The El Cabo Wind Farm, in Torrance County, encompasses 142 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines, and will also supply renewable energy to SCE. The Twin Buttes II Wind Farm located near Avangrid Renewables’ existing Twin Buttes Wind Farm features 36 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. It will supply renewable energy under a 25-year contract to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. (Tri-State).
Renewables’ Popularity among Utilities
The carbon-free power production and declining production costs are factors driving the popularity of the renewable sources for electricity production among utilities. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects wind capacity to reach 104 gigawatts (GW) by the end of 2019 from 2017 end level of 88 GW.
Avangrid Renewables has brought nearly 800 megawatts (MW) of renewables online in 2017. In 2018, Avangrid Renewables has brought over 500 MW of new wind farms online in California, New Mexico, and Colorado, having long-term energy contracts. The company currently has 3,300 wind turbines across 22 states.
Further, it aims to invest nearly $3.3 billion in 2017-2020 to fulfill renewable goals. Despite the new U.S. administration’s initiatives to promote usage of coal, renewable energy’s popularity has encouraged another utility, Consolidated Edison, Inc. ED to invest toward enhancing renewable generation assets. As of Sep 30, 2017, it had renewable generating capacity of 1,291 MW, up from 2016-end level of 1,098 MW.
In a month, shares of AVANGRID have lost 3.7%, wider than the industry’s decline of 1.9%.
AVANGRID currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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(We are reissuing this article to correct a mistake. The original article, issued on Jan 15, 2018, should no longer be relied upon.)
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