Vestas, Siemens, made in USA: Two big turbine orders placed this week
August 23, 2013
Punctuating a summer that has seen the wind industry steadily ramp up again on a number of fronts, both Siemens Energy and Vestas announced two turbine orders this week, with major components and nacelle assembly both set to be produced at their respective U.S. plants.
Siemens received an order from utility Portland General Electric for the supply and installation of 116 2.3-MW wind turbines for the utility’s 267-MW Tucannon River Wind Farm in Washington. Nacelles for the wind turbines will be manufactured at the Siemens plant in Hutchinson, Kan., while the blades will be fabricated at the Siemens production facility in Fort Madison, Iowa.
The Tucannon River Wind Farm, formerly known as Lower Snake River Phase 2, is adjacent to the Lower Snake River Phase 1 project, a 343-MW facility completed in 2012 and also featuring Siemens wind turbines. The project is slated to go online in 2015.
Vestas, meanwhile, announced a deal that includes a first-time product deployment. As part of a previously announced master supply agreement, the company will manufacture and supply its first V110-2.0 MW wind turbines to EDP Renováveis (EDPR) for U.S. projects that EDPR is developing. The total order is for 400 MW. (Projects and locations have not been announced.)
The turbines are part of the master supply agreement announced in 2010 for Vestas to deliver 1,500 MW to wind power plants in North America, South America and Europe. EDPR selected the V110-2.0 MW because of its competitive cost of energy compared with other options, Vestas said. The V110-2.0 MW turbine is a variant of the company’s V100-1.8 MW unit, providing over 13 percent higher annual energy production, said Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada.
The V110-2.0 MW turbines are expected to be delivered and commissioned in 2014 and 2015. Vestas’s factories in Colorado will manufacture the blades, towers and nacelles.
The turbine announcements added to a fairly busy summer of news showing activity perking up throughout the wind industry following the slowdown triggered by the scheduled expiration of the federal Production Tax Credit at the end of last year. In the first half of the year, following the last-minute extension of the PTC on Jan. 1, a flurry of wind energy requests for proposal and power purchase agreements were announced, AWEA recently noted. AWEA also recently reported in its second quarter market report that as the industry rebuilds its development pipeline, activity on the supply chain side has also begun to increase.