Power Line Upgrade Leads To Dramatic Increase In Cost-Effective Energy From GMP’s Kingdom Community Wind Facility

20 September 2013

COLCHESTER, VT…. Green Mountain Power today reported that generation at the Kingdom Community Wind facility in Lowell has increased dramatically following completion of a local subtransmission line upgrade. The successful upgrade is creating immediate and significant value to Vermonters and is a result of GMP’s collaboration with ISO-NE and VELCO to identify power curtailment solutions.
“The Kingdom Wind facility is now generating significantly more power due to this upgrade, to the direct benefit of Vermont customers. We have always believed that this wind resource would provide a clean, cost-effective energy resource for Vermonters, and this upgrade is helping us achieve that goal. Thanks to the changes to the ISO-NE curtailment limits that we have worked with ISO and VELCO to implement, Vermonters will benefit from more of this renewable, cost effective resource,” said Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power spokesperson.

GMP recently made improvements to the transmission system in northeastern Vermont by increasing the capacity on the subtransmission line between Irasburg and Johnson, Vermont. The dramatic increase in overall September production – in the past two weeks, Kingdom Community Wind has generated 7,700,000 kilowatthours,  enough for more than 25,000 homes -- shows the immediate impact these improvements are producing.

To further increase the power produced by Kingdom Community Wind, Green Mountain Power is installing a synchronous condenser in Jay this winter.  This new equipment should allow full power output at the wind plant. Without curtailments, the 21 turbines on the site will be able to generate 63 megawatts during maximum wind conditions.
“This upgrade is already showing dramatic results, and we look forward to adding even greater reliability and value when we complete our work in Jay this winter. This upgrade doesn’t completely eliminate the risk of curtailment, but by working closely with ISO and VELCO to implement curtailment solutions, we are maximizing the extraordinary value that Kingdom Community Wind represents to Vermonters,” Schnure said.

Dorothy Schnure, Corporate Spokesperson

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