On tax day, Dominion and BP Wind Energy announced full commercial operation of Phase I of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in Benton County, Ind. Of the 400-MW facility, BP and Dominion are partners on approximately 300 MW. The two companies could expand the facility to a total of 750 MW in the future.
Construction of Phase I of the wind farm, which is 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis, began in the first quarter of 2008. Built by RMT Inc., Phase I utilizes 222 wind turbines: 182 Vestas 1.65-MW turbines with a hub height of 262 feet and a rotor diameter of 269 feet, and 40 Clipper 2.5-MW turbines with a hub height of approximately 262 feet and a rotor diameter of 314 feet. A total of 850 workers were employed at the peak of construction. A full-time staff of 36 is employed to monitor and maintain the first phase of the facility. BP Wind Energy is operator.
The power from Phase I has been sold under three long-term contracts: one contract with Dominion Energy Marketing Inc. for 200 MW and two contracts each for 100 MW with Indiana Michigan Power and Appalachian Power, both subsidiaries of American Electric Power.