Pattern Wind Tech

Wind technician Jeffrey Cordova at Pattern's Broadview Wind facility in Curry County, New Mexico. Two California entities recently signed PPAs for some of Pattern's wind resources located elsewhere in the state.

San Jose and Los Angeles officials in recent weeks expanded their renewable energy resources by entering into power-purchase agreements for wind resources hundreds of miles to the east.

San Jose Clean Energy on Nov. 12 signed its first wind PPA for 225 MW of output from a New Mexico wind farm developed by San Francisco-based Pattern Development. The 15-year PPA will provide SJCE with power by the end of 2021, when the facility is slated for completion.

The project's New Mexico location will complement the community choice aggregator's load by delivering power earlier in the day than local wind projects. This will enable the CCA to meet its evening demand with a greater percentage of renewable resources, SJCE said in a news release. Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy, in the release said his company is pleased to collaborate with SJCE on its major New Mexico wind project (see CEM No. 1555).

The Los Angeles City Council in October approved an agreement for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to purchase output from another Pattern project, the company's 331-MW Red Cloud Wind Farm, also in New Mexico and set to be operational by December 2021. The PPA is the result of a competitive solicitation by the Southern California Public Power Authority that netted 105 proposals. SCPPA is responsible for selling to LADWP.

"The Red Cloud Wind Farm agreement shows that solutions to the climate crisis have never been cheaper—and helps realize our promise of lower emissions, less pollution, and more clean energy innovation," LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news release issued by his office. Red Cloud will be the largest, highest-capacity, and lowest-cost wind farm in LADWP's renewable-energy portfolio and will boost that portfolio by 6 percent, the release says.

The project will provide 1.33 million MWh of energy each year to be delivered into the city via LADWP's existing transmission rights and assets related to the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona. LADWP sold its share of NGS at Garcetti's direction in 2015, but maintained the rights to its transmission capacity at the plant. The coal-fired NGS closed in November 2019.

"LADWP is a true leader in showing power companies how to transition away from polluting sources of power to clean energy," Garland said in the release, referring to the utility's use of transmission originally built for coal-fired generation as a "superhighway for clean power."

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Abigail Sawyer grew up in northwestern New Mexico near two massive coal-fired power plants. She spent many hours gazing out the car window at transmission lines on family road trips across the Southwest and now reports on the region from San Francisco.