Iberdrola Renewables, FirstEnergy Sign Agreement for Largest Ohio Wind Project

Iberdrola Renewables announced that FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), will purchase 100 megawatts (MW) of output from the 304 MW Blue Creek Wind Farm, which Iberdrola Renewables is building in western Ohio.

The Blue Creek Wind Farm is the first large-scale wind operation in Ohio to begin construction.

"Blue Creek Wind Farm would represent our first wind power agreement in Ohio and will help us meet the renewable energy standards that have been established for the state,” said Gary R. Leidich, executive vice president and president, FirstEnergy Generation. “Overall, FirstEnergy Solutions continues to play a key role in the development of renewable energy in the region with 476-MWs of wind power under long-term contracts and 451 MW of pumped-storage hydro-power facilities.”

Construction for Blue Creek Wind Farm, located in Tully, Union and Hoaglin townships in Van Wert County, and Benton, Blue Creek and Latty townships in Paulding County, began in September. Iberdrola Renewables expects construction to be completed within the year. The Blue Creek Wind Farm also brings approximately $1.1 million in annual lease payments to local landowners, $2.7 million in annual local taxes and 15 to 20 new permanent wind jobs.

Iberdrola Renewables, Inc. is headquartered in Portland, Ore. It is part of the Iberdrola Renovables global group (IBR.MC), the world’s leading provider of wind power with more than 12,000 megawatts of renewable energy in operation around the world, and more than 4,600 megawatts of that wind power located in the U.S.

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