Bright Canyon Energy Acquires Ownership Interests in 2 Wind Farms

Tenaska and Bright Canyon Energy announced that Bright Canyon has acquired ownership interests in two Tenaska-developed wind projects worth 492 MW.

Bright Canyon Wind

Independent energy company Tenaska and Bright Canyon Energy announced that Bright Canyon has acquired ownership interests in two Tenaska-developed wind projects.

The transaction, which closed December 20, 2019, includes the purchase of indirect minority interests in both Tenaska Clear Creek Wind, owner of Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center in Missouri, and Nobles 2 Power Partners, owner of the Nobles 2 wind farm in Minnesota. Both projects are under construction and anticipated to be fully operational in 2020.

“We have found a strong partner for these valuable wind assets in Bright Canyon,” said Dave Kirkwood, Tenaska senior vice president of finance. “These projects are well positioned having long-term power purchase agreements, and we are pleased to have Bright Canyon on board as we approach completion of construction.”

The 242-megawatt (MW) Tenaska Clear Creek wind farm in Nodaway County in northwest Missouri is nearing completion. Construction of the project started in spring 2019. The wind farm is expected to achieve commercial operation in the first quarter of 2020.

“We are very pleased to invest in two high-quality wind farms that will serve customers in the Midwest with clean energy and to do so with a first-class partner in Tenaska. These projects also provide an opportunity to gain experience in the construction, ownership and operation of large-scale wind operations and support our strategy focused on a clean energy future,” said Jim Hatfield, Pinnacle West executive vice president and chief financial officer. Bright Canyon is a subsidiary of Pinnacle West.

When complete, Tenaska Clear Creek will provide renewable power for Associated Electric Cooperative, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Missouri, that provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives, including NW Electric Power Cooperative Inc. of Cameron, Missouri, and 51 local cooperative systems in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma that serve 910,000 members.

Bright Canyon indirectly owns 9.9 percent interest in Tenaska Clear Creek Wind, and 5.1 percent interest in Nobles 2 Power Partners, LLC.

Construction of the 250-MW Nobles 2 wind farm, located in Nobles County, Minnesota, began in August 2019. The commencement of commercial operation is anticipated in 2020. When complete, the wind farm will deliver power under a 20-year power purchase agreement to Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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