EDF Renewable Energy places big wind turbine order, with more an option

Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems A/S has received a firm order for 150 MW in wind turbines for use in the US, with up to 1 GW to follow.

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Following a last-moment extension of the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) in mid-December by the US Congress, Vestas Wind Systems A/S (Aarhus, Denmark) reported on Dec. 30 that it has received a firm and unconditional order in the United States from EDF Renewable Energy for 75 V100-2.0 MW turbines. Also included is an agreement for up to 1 GW of additional turbines. Turbine delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.

The order comprises supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a three-year Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement. AOM 5000 includes an energy-based availability guarantee ensuring that turbines are operational when the wind is blowing.

Also today the two companies have initiated a new master agreement defining terms for up to 1 GW of future capacity, which will be installed in coming years.

“In 2013, Vestas and EDF RE signed an ambitious master supply agreement laying out our partnership. Today’s announcement will be the last under that productive umbrella agreement,” says Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “But we’re not done yet. EDF RE is one of the most successful renewable energy developers in the North American market, and this new agreement opens the door to our next gigawatt of continued collaboration in 2015 and beyond.”

“Over 1 GW of new wind energy projects have materialized to date under the frame agreement EDF Renewable Energy and Vestas entered into in late 2013, significantly strengthening the partnership between our two companies in the process,” says Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of EDF Renewable Energy. “With the recent extension of the Production Tax Credit, we look forward to working with Vestas to bring additional, clean energy projects online in the US over the next few years.”