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Armenia Twp. learns of wind farm purchase  

Credit:  By Eric Hrin (Staff Writer) | The Daily Review | Published: July 18, 2015 | thedailyreview.com ~~

At the last Armenia Township supervisors meeting, an announcement was made regarding the purchase of the AES wind facility.

According to the July meeting minutes provided by township secretary Mallory Babcock, Matt Riel announced the purchase by ALLETE Clean Energy, and said no changes in personnel are expected.

Amy Ackerman, with Investor Relations & External Communications for The AES Corporation in Arlington, Va., confirmed, by email, that the information in a news release from ALLETE was correct, when asked for comment by The Daily Review.

The following July 2 news release concerning the purchase, printed here verbatim, is posted on ALLETE’s website:

ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE: ALE), has closed on the purchase of a 100.5-megawatt (MW) Pennsylvania wind farm from The AES Corporation (AES).

ACE acquired the wind facility near Troy, Pennsylvania, called Armenia Mountain, from AES and a non-controlling interest from a minority shareholder for a total of $108 million, plus the assumption of existing debt.

ALLETE Clean Energy exercised an option to purchase the facility on April 1 and signed a purchase agreement with AES on April 30.

Located in the busy PJM electricity market near the New York-Pennsylvania border, Armenia Mountain consists of 67 General Electric turbines installed in 2009. All of the facility’s energy output is sold through existing power purchase agreements that extend through 2025. It is the seventh wind facility in ACE’s portfolio.

The company will operate the facility and the 11 onsite employees have been hired by ACE.

“We look forward to entering the vibrant Eastern U.S. market for renewable energy,” said ALLETE Clean Energy President Eric Norberg. “We want to build upon our operational and entrepreneurial experience to add strategic locations.”

ACE was established in 2011 to acquire or develop capital projects to create energy solutions by way of wind, solar, biomass, hydro, natural gas, shale resources, clean coal technology and other emerging energy innovations. ALLETE’s combined portfolio of operating wind assets controlled by ACE and Minnesota Power now totals more than 1,000 MW.

“This latest acquisition further builds momentum at our clean energy subsidiary and demonstrates that ALLETE continues to effectively execute its multi-year, multi-faceted growth strategy as the market evolves and our company answers the call of the nation’s changing energy landscape,” said Alan R. Hodnik, ALLETE chairman, president and CEO.

ALLETE, Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth, Minnesota, BNI Coal in Center, North Dakota, U.S. Water Services in St. Michael, Minnesota, and has an eight percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. More information about ALLETE is available at www.allete.com.

In addition, it was stated at the township meeting that the company is keeping an eye on Road S and will address any drainage issues as needed, the minutes note.

Source:  By Eric Hrin (Staff Writer) | The Daily Review | Published: July 18, 2015 | thedailyreview.com

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