BISMARCK, North Dakota,
February 22, 2005 (ENS): On Friday, North Dakota Governor
John Hoeven and Commerce Department officials will meet with representatives
of PPM Energy to discuss the scope and technical dimensions of a
new 150 megawatt wind energy facility proposed for Rugby.
A facility of this size could produce enough clean energy to power
44,000 average homes a year.
PPM Energy is ScottishPower’s U.S. energy business based
in Portland, Oregon. In late January, the company submitted a letter
of intent to the North Dakota Public Service Commission to build
a wind farm of approximately 100 towers and is targeting December
31, 2005 for completion.
PPM Director of Business Development for the Midwest Raimund Grube
and company Business Developer Tim Seck will meet with Governor
"This will be one of the largest wind projects in the region,
and it will be located in the heart of North Dakota," Hoeven
said. "It takes advantage not only of our great resources for
wind energy, but also our great business climate. PPM Energy has
been working with our Commerce Department to ensure that the project
goes smoothly from start to finish."
PPM is building a facility in Kansas of the same size as the one
it proposes for North Dakota. In December, the company announced
that it will build and own the 150 megawatt Elk River Wind Power
Project located in Butler County, Kansas, near Beaumont.
"The Elk River Project is the third we have announced so far
that is expected to go into commercial operation in 2005 and we
look forward to additional growth and geographic expansion in 2005,"
Terry Hudgens, Chief Executive Officer of PPM said in December.
PPM specializes in energy solutions to meet the needs of wholesale
and large commercial and industrial customers. Among the company’s
customers are large organizations such as the municipally owned
Seattle City Light and the federal Bonneville Power Administration.