Glen Allen-based Old Dominion Electric Cooperative has signed a long-term agreement to buy 75 megawatts of power and renewable energy credits from a Pennsylvania wind farm.
The power-purchase agreement brings ODEC’s renewable-energy portfolio to 249 megawatts, enough to power more than 70,000 homes.
Being developed by BP Wind Energy, the Mehoopany Wind Farm in Wyoming County, Pa., will be about 20 miles northwest of Scranton.
ODEC’s contract was negotiated by the National Renewables Cooperative Organization, which also negotiated a 30-megawatt power-purchase agreement with the wind farm on behalf of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, based in Hughesville, Md.
The Mehoopany Wind Farm is expected to have a capacity of 144 megawatts. Site construction work should start in late 2011. The wind farm is expected to move into full operation in late 2012.
Mehoopany is ODEC’s ninth renewable-energy resource. The cooperative also has agreements with two other wind facilities in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland; four landfill-gas-to-electricity facilities in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware; and a small hydroelectric facility in western Virginia.
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is a generation-and-transmission cooperative that provides wholesale power to 11 member electric distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.