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Geronimo Energy Projects Push Forward

2016 has been a very busy time for Geronimo Energy and our project portfolio. Two large solar projects broke ground, wind farms went operational, and several more projects are well-under construction.

 

200 MW Courtenay Wind Farm: Stutsman County, ND

The Geronimo Energy-developed and Xcel Energy-owned project broke ground in the fall of 2015 and continues to progress forward in construction, with an anticipated Commercial Operation Date by the end of 2016.

78 MW Black Oak Getty Wind Farm: Stearns County, MN

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, the owner of Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, hosted a turbine blade signing event for the project in the summer of 2016. The project began construction in 2015 and is estimated to begin operations by the end of 2016.

100 MW Aurora Solar Project: multiple counties throughout Minnesota

The historic solar project that proved that solar is an economical choice as compared to natural gas broke ground in the summer of 2016 and continues to progress forward in construction. Aurora is estimated to be operational by the end of 2016. The project is estimated to pump over $20 million into the local Minnesota economy over the next 20 years.

400 MW Grande Prairie Wind Farm: Holt County, NE

Construction began on Nebraska’s largest wind farm in 2015. BHE Renewables, a division of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the project owner, celebrated construction with landowners and community stakeholders in the summer of 2016. In October, Grande Prairie began operations testing, which will last approximately one month before the project is officially commissioned and operational.

96 MW Community Solar Garden (CSG) Portfolio: multiple counties throughout Minnesota

The first phase of CSGs broke ground the summer of 2016, and Commercial Operation Dates are expected throughout 2016 and 2017. The entire CSG portfolio is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 2 million metric tons and pump over $45 million of total economic impact over the first 25 years of operation.

1 MW Pierre Solar: Hughes County, SD

South Dakota’s largest solar project kicked off construction in the spring of 2016 and reached operations in September 2016. Geronimo Energy staff along with Missouri River Energy Services staff, City of Pierre representatives, community members and stakeholders all gathered in September for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the commissioning of the project.

200 MW Odell Wind Farm: Cottonwood, Watanwon, Jackson and Martin Counties, Minnesota

Geronimo Energy’s Odell Wind Farm began construction in the summer of 2015, and just this past August, its owner, Algonquin Power and Utilities, announced it had achieved Commercial Operation. The 200 MW project spans 24,000 acres and neighbors Geronimo’s Odin Wind Farm, which became operational in 2008. Odell is special for Geronimo Energy, as it is located in the hometown of our founder and Chairman, Noel P. Rahn. At a recent event celebrating the Odell Wind Farm commissioning, Mr. Rahn said, “This is a dream come true for Geronimo.”

Environmental and Economic Impacts

Odell is estimated to produce approximately 816.6 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, eliminating approximately 563,087 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. In addition to its significant environmental impacts, Odell Wind Farm will also bring an estimated $50 million of direct economic impact to the local area over 20 years, including: $17 million in additional tax revenue towards the host counties and townships, $22 million in landowner payments, and the creation of approximately 200 temporary construction jobs and 10 full-time permanent jobs. Like all Geronimo Energy wind farms, Odell Wind Farm also includes a community fund, which comprises of annual payments of $40,000 for the first 20 years of operation to be used exclusively for charitable activities.

Geronimo Energy Sells Second Wind Farm to
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

In late July, Geronimo Energy announced the sale of its Apple Blossom Wind Farm to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas infrastructure, and a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

“Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brings impressive wind energy construction and operating expertise and has an aligned mission with Geronimo Energy’s farmer-friendly and community-focused approach.”

- Blake Nixon, Geronimo Energy President

Apple Blossom is a 100-megawatt wind farm located in Huron County, Michigan. Apple Blossom is expected to power an estimated 38,000 Michigan homes and will offset approximately 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. In addition to the considerable environmental benefits, Apple Blossom will also provide economic benefits in the form of increased tax revenue, landowner payments, job creation and charitable contributions. Apple Blossom’s power has been sold to Consumers Energy under a 15-year contract.

Apple Blossom marks Geronimo Energy’s second wind farm sale to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. The previously sold Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, located in Stearns County, Minnesota, is currently under construction.

“Geronimo Energy is pleased to work with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on a second wind farm project in the Midwestern United States,” Blake Nixon, Geronimo Energy President said. “Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brings impressive wind energy construction and operating expertise and has an aligned mission with Geronimo Energy’s farmer-friendly and community-focused approach.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire, build and operate the Apple Blossom wind project in the state of Michigan as it continues to position itself as a wind energy leader,” said Kevin C. Sagara, president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. “The acquisition of the Apple Blossom wind project enables our company to continue to invest in the development, construction and operation of renewable energy infrastructure. We look forward to providing Michigan with a stable supply of clean, renewable energy and becoming a long-term partner with the local community through the development and operation of this project.”

Apple Blossom is expected to begin construction the fall of 2016 and enter into operation in 2017.

NREL Studies Impacts of Portfolio Standards

On July 14, 2016, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published the report, “A Retrospective Analysis of Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards,” which details the benefits of satisfying the 2013 U. S. renewable portfolio standards (RPS). A brief overview of the findings is below.

 

Carbon dioxide (equivalent) was
cut by 59 million metric tons


Healthier Air

  • Carbon dioxide (equivalent) was cut by 59 million metric tons, which is worth approximately $2.2 billion in global benefits from avoided future damages.
  • Reduced air pollution provided $5.2 billion in health and environmental benefits.

Reduced Water Usage

  • Water withdrawals were reduced by 830 billion gallons, and water consumption was reduced by 27 billion gallons.
  • Each megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity generated for RPS compliance obligations in 2013 represents an average savings of 8,420 gallons of water withdrawal and 270 gallons of water consumption.

Stronger Economy

  • New renewable electricity generation used for RPS compliance supported nearly 200,000 U.S.-based gross jobs and reduced wholesale electricity prices and natural gas prices, saving consumers a combined $1.3–$4.9 billion.

Source:

Wiser, Ryan, Galen Barbose, Jenny Heeter, Trieu Mai, Lori Bird, Mark Bolinger, Alberta Carpenter, Garvin Heath, David Keyser, Jordan Macknick, Andrew Mills, and Dev Millstein. “Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards.” (2016): n. pag. Web. 16 Aug. 2016.

Reading About Renewables

There have been numerous studies performed on the positive economic impacts wind energy provides for its host communities, landowners and supporters. Recently, Illinois State University’s Center for Renewable Energy conducted a study that detailed the economic impact its 25 largest wind farms have had on the state.

Employee Spotlight: David G. Reamer

John Larkey is Geronimo’s Vice President of Origination. Prior to joining the Geronimo team, John served as the Vice President of Power Marketing for Recurrent Energy in San Francisco. John began his professional career in Minnesota with Cargill, where he built a long career across a multitude of global industries including: energy, commodity and financial markets, food manufacturing, industrial processing, and agricultural inputs.

Several years ago, John decided to pursue a career path where he could combine his professional passions for energy markets, innovative new technology, and building customer focused businesses by focusing on the exciting and dynamic renewable energy markets.

John believes renewable energy will revolutionize the global energy markets, as well as how customers and communities access reliable, sustainable and affordable power over the coming decades.

John was born in New York City, grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has called Minnesota home since 1998. He and his wife, Meghann (a native of Edina, MN), live in Northeast Minneapolis and enjoy all the Twin Cities have to offer - especially the great bike trails all 12 months of the year!

John holds a MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, MI and a BSME from the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering in Minneapolis, MN.

Geronimo Energy Projects Push Forward

2016 has been a very busy time for Geronimo Energy and our project portfolio. Two large solar projects broke ground, wind farms went operational, and several more projects are well-under construction.

 

200 MW Courtenay Wind Farm: Stutsman County, ND

The Geronimo Energy-developed and Xcel Energy-owned project broke ground in the fall of 2015 and continues to progress forward in construction, with an anticipated Commercial Operation Date by the end of 2016.

78 MW Black Oak Getty Wind Farm: Stearns County, MN

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, the owner of Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, hosted a turbine blade signing event for the project in the summer of 2016. The project began construction in 2015 and is estimated to begin operations by the end of 2016.

100 MW Aurora Solar Project: multiple counties throughout Minnesota

The historic solar project that proved that solar is an economical choice as compared to natural gas broke ground in the summer of 2016 and continues to progress forward in construction. Aurora is estimated to be operational by the end of 2016. The project is estimated to pump over $20 million into the local Minnesota economy over the next 20 years.

400 MW Grande Prairie Wind Farm: Holt County, NE

Construction began on Nebraska’s largest wind farm in 2015. BHE Renewables, a division of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the project owner, celebrated construction with landowners and community stakeholders in the summer of 2016. In October, Grande Prairie began operations testing, which will last approximately one month before the project is officially commissioned and operational.

96 MW Community Solar Garden (CSG) Portfolio: multiple counties throughout Minnesota

The first phase of CSGs broke ground the summer of 2016, and Commercial Operation Dates are expected throughout 2016 and 2017. The entire CSG portfolio is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 2 million metric tons and pump over $45 million of total economic impact over the first 25 years of operation.

1 MW Pierre Solar: Hughes County, SD

South Dakota’s largest solar project kicked off construction in the spring of 2016 and reached operations in September 2016. Geronimo Energy staff along with Missouri River Energy Services staff, City of Pierre representatives, community members and stakeholders all gathered in September for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the commissioning of the project.

200 MW Odell Wind Farm: Cottonwood, Watanwon, Jackson and Martin Counties, Minnesota

Geronimo Energy’s Odell Wind Farm began construction in the summer of 2015, and just this past August, its owner, Algonquin Power and Utilities, announced it had achieved Commercial Operation. The 200 MW project spans 24,000 acres and neighbors Geronimo’s Odin Wind Farm, which became operational in 2008. Odell is special for Geronimo Energy, as it is located in the hometown of our founder and Chairman, Noel P. Rahn. At a recent event celebrating the Odell Wind Farm commissioning, Mr. Rahn said, “This is a dream come true for Geronimo.”

Environmental and Economic Impacts

Odell is estimated to produce approximately 816.6 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, eliminating approximately 563,087 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. In addition to its significant environmental impacts, Odell Wind Farm will also bring an estimated $50 million of direct economic impact to the local area over 20 years, including: $17 million in additional tax revenue towards the host counties and townships, $22 million in landowner payments, and the creation of approximately 200 temporary construction jobs and 10 full-time permanent jobs. Like all Geronimo Energy wind farms, Odell Wind Farm also includes a community fund, which comprises of annual payments of $40,000 for the first 20 years of operation to be used exclusively for charitable activities.

Geronimo Energy Sells Second Wind Farm to
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

In late July, Geronimo Energy announced the sale of its Apple Blossom Wind Farm to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas infrastructure, and a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

“Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brings impressive wind energy construction and operating expertise and has an aligned mission with Geronimo Energy’s farmer-friendly and community-focused approach.”

- Blake Nixon, Geronimo Energy President

Apple Blossom is a 100-megawatt wind farm located in Huron County, Michigan. Apple Blossom is expected to power an estimated 38,000 Michigan homes and will offset approximately 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. In addition to the considerable environmental benefits, Apple Blossom will also provide economic benefits in the form of increased tax revenue, landowner payments, job creation and charitable contributions. Apple Blossom’s power has been sold to Consumers Energy under a 15-year contract.

Apple Blossom marks Geronimo Energy’s second wind farm sale to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. The previously sold Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, located in Stearns County, Minnesota, is currently under construction.

“Geronimo Energy is pleased to work with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on a second wind farm project in the Midwestern United States,” Blake Nixon, Geronimo Energy President said. “Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brings impressive wind energy construction and operating expertise and has an aligned mission with Geronimo Energy’s farmer-friendly and community-focused approach.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire, build and operate the Apple Blossom wind project in the state of Michigan as it continues to position itself as a wind energy leader,” said Kevin C. Sagara, president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. “The acquisition of the Apple Blossom wind project enables our company to continue to invest in the development, construction and operation of renewable energy infrastructure. We look forward to providing Michigan with a stable supply of clean, renewable energy and becoming a long-term partner with the local community through the development and operation of this project.”

Apple Blossom is expected to begin construction the fall of 2016 and enter into operation in 2017.

NREL Studies Impacts of Portfolio Standards

On July 14, 2016, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published the report, “A Retrospective Analysis of Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards,” which details the benefits of satisfying the 2013 U. S. renewable portfolio standards (RPS). A brief overview of the findings is below.

 

Carbon dioxide (equivalent) was
cut by 59 million metric tons


Healthier Air

  • Carbon dioxide (equivalent) was cut by 59 million metric tons, which is worth approximately $2.2 billion in global benefits from avoided future damages.
  • Reduced air pollution provided $5.2 billion in health and environmental benefits.

Reduced Water Usage

  • Water withdrawals were reduced by 830 billion gallons, and water consumption was reduced by 27 billion gallons.
  • Each megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity generated for RPS compliance obligations in 2013 represents an average savings of 8,420 gallons of water withdrawal and 270 gallons of water consumption.

Stronger Economy

  • New renewable electricity generation used for RPS compliance supported nearly 200,000 U.S.-based gross jobs and reduced wholesale electricity prices and natural gas prices, saving consumers a combined $1.3–$4.9 billion.

Source:

Wiser, Ryan, Galen Barbose, Jenny Heeter, Trieu Mai, Lori Bird, Mark Bolinger, Alberta Carpenter, Garvin Heath, David Keyser, Jordan Macknick, Andrew Mills, and Dev Millstein. “Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards.” (2016): n. pag. Web. 16 Aug. 2016.

Reading About Renewables

There have been numerous studies performed on the positive economic impacts wind energy provides for its host communities, landowners and supporters. Recently, Illinois State University’s Center for Renewable Energy conducted a study that detailed the economic impact its 25 largest wind farms have had on the state.

Employee Spotlight: David G. Reamer

John Larkey is Geronimo’s Vice President of Origination. Prior to joining the Geronimo team, John served as the Vice President of Power Marketing for Recurrent Energy in San Francisco. John began his professional career in Minnesota with Cargill, where he built a long career across a multitude of global industries including: energy, commodity and financial markets, food manufacturing, industrial processing, and agricultural inputs.

Several years ago, John decided to pursue a career path where he could combine his professional passions for energy markets, innovative new technology, and building customer focused businesses by focusing on the exciting and dynamic renewable energy markets.

John believes renewable energy will revolutionize the global energy markets, as well as how customers and communities access reliable, sustainable and affordable power over the coming decades.

John was born in New York City, grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has called Minnesota home since 1998. He and his wife, Meghann (a native of Edina, MN), live in Northeast Minneapolis and enjoy all the Twin Cities have to offer - especially the great bike trails all 12 months of the year!

John holds a MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, MI and a BSME from the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering in Minneapolis, MN.

Geronimo Energy Projects Push Forward

2016 has been a very busy time for Geronimo Energy and our project portfolio. Two large solar projects broke ground, wind farms went operational, and several more projects are well-under construction.

 

200 MW Courtenay Wind Farm: Stutsman County, ND

The Geronimo Energy-developed and Xcel Energy-owned project broke ground in the fall of 2015 and continues to progress forward in construction, with an anticipated Commercial Operation Date by the end of 2016.

78 MW Black Oak Getty Wind Farm: Stearns County, MN

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, the owner of Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, hosted a turbine blade signing event for the project in the summer of 2016. The project began construction in 2015 and is estimated to begin operations by the end of 2016.

100 MW Aurora Solar Project: multiple counties throughout Minnesota

The historic solar project that proved that solar is an economical choice as compared to natural gas broke ground in the summer of 2016 and continues to progress forward in construction. Aurora is estimated to be operational by the end of 2016. The project is estimated to pump over $20 million into the local Minnesota economy over the next 20 years.

400 MW Grande Prairie Wind Farm: Holt County, NE

Construction began on Nebraska’s largest wind farm in 2015. BHE Renewables, a division of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the project owner, celebrated construction with landowners and community stakeholders in the summer of 2016. In October, Grande Prairie began operations testing, which will last approximately one month before the project is officially commissioned and operational.

96 MW Community Solar Garden (CSG) Portfolio: multiple counties throughout Minnesota

The first phase of CSGs broke ground the summer of 2016, and Commercial Operation Dates are expected throughout 2016 and 2017. The entire CSG portfolio is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 2 million metric tons and pump over $45 million of total economic impact over the first 25 years of operation.

1 MW Pierre Solar: Hughes County, SD

South Dakota’s largest solar project kicked off construction in the spring of 2016 and reached operations in September 2016. Geronimo Energy staff along with Missouri River Energy Services staff, City of Pierre representatives, community members and stakeholders all gathered in September for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the commissioning of the project.

200 MW Odell Wind Farm: Cottonwood, Watanwon, Jackson and Martin Counties, Minnesota

Geronimo Energy’s Odell Wind Farm began construction in the summer of 2015, and just this past August, its owner, Algonquin Power and Utilities, announced it had achieved Commercial Operation. The 200 MW project spans 24,000 acres and neighbors Geronimo’s Odin Wind Farm, which became operational in 2008. Odell is special for Geronimo Energy, as it is located in the hometown of our founder and Chairman, Noel P. Rahn. At a recent event celebrating the Odell Wind Farm commissioning, Mr. Rahn said, “This is a dream come true for Geronimo.”

Environmental and Economic Impacts

Odell is estimated to produce approximately 816.6 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, eliminating approximately 563,087 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. In addition to its significant environmental impacts, Odell Wind Farm will also bring an estimated $50 million of direct economic impact to the local area over 20 years, including: $17 million in additional tax revenue towards the host counties and townships, $22 million in landowner payments, and the creation of approximately 200 temporary construction jobs and 10 full-time permanent jobs. Like all Geronimo Energy wind farms, Odell Wind Farm also includes a community fund, which comprises of annual payments of $40,000 for the first 20 years of operation to be used exclusively for charitable activities.

Geronimo Energy Sells Second Wind Farm to
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

In late July, Geronimo Energy announced the sale of its Apple Blossom Wind Farm to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas infrastructure, and a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

“Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brings impressive wind energy construction and operating expertise and has an aligned mission with Geronimo Energy’s farmer-friendly and community-focused approach.”

- Blake Nixon, Geronimo Energy President

Apple Blossom is a 100-megawatt wind farm located in Huron County, Michigan. Apple Blossom is expected to power an estimated 38,000 Michigan homes and will offset approximately 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. In addition to the considerable environmental benefits, Apple Blossom will also provide economic benefits in the form of increased tax revenue, landowner payments, job creation and charitable contributions. Apple Blossom’s power has been sold to Consumers Energy under a 15-year contract.

Apple Blossom marks Geronimo Energy’s second wind farm sale to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. The previously sold Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, located in Stearns County, Minnesota, is currently under construction.

“Geronimo Energy is pleased to work with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on a second wind farm project in the Midwestern United States,” Blake Nixon, Geronimo Energy President said. “Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brings impressive wind energy construction and operating expertise and has an aligned mission with Geronimo Energy’s farmer-friendly and community-focused approach.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire, build and operate the Apple Blossom wind project in the state of Michigan as it continues to position itself as a wind energy leader,” said Kevin C. Sagara, president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. “The acquisition of the Apple Blossom wind project enables our company to continue to invest in the development, construction and operation of renewable energy infrastructure. We look forward to providing Michigan with a stable supply of clean, renewable energy and becoming a long-term partner with the local community through the development and operation of this project.”

Apple Blossom is expected to begin construction the fall of 2016 and enter into operation in 2017.

NREL Studies Impacts of Portfolio Standards

On July 14, 2016, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published the report, “A Retrospective Analysis of Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards,” which details the benefits of satisfying the 2013 U. S. renewable portfolio standards (RPS). A brief overview of the findings is below.

 

Carbon dioxide (equivalent) was
cut by 59 million metric tons


Healthier Air

  • Carbon dioxide (equivalent) was cut by 59 million metric tons, which is worth approximately $2.2 billion in global benefits from avoided future damages.
  • Reduced air pollution provided $5.2 billion in health and environmental benefits.

Reduced Water Usage

  • Water withdrawals were reduced by 830 billion gallons, and water consumption was reduced by 27 billion gallons.
  • Each megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity generated for RPS compliance obligations in 2013 represents an average savings of 8,420 gallons of water withdrawal and 270 gallons of water consumption.

Stronger Economy

  • New renewable electricity generation used for RPS compliance supported nearly 200,000 U.S.-based gross jobs and reduced wholesale electricity prices and natural gas prices, saving consumers a combined $1.3–$4.9 billion.

Source:

Wiser, Ryan, Galen Barbose, Jenny Heeter, Trieu Mai, Lori Bird, Mark Bolinger, Alberta Carpenter, Garvin Heath, David Keyser, Jordan Macknick, Andrew Mills, and Dev Millstein. “Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards.” (2016): n. pag. Web. 16 Aug. 2016.

Reading About Renewables

There have been numerous studies performed on the positive economic impacts wind energy provides for its host communities, landowners and supporters. Recently, Illinois State University’s Center for Renewable Energy conducted a study that detailed the economic impact its 25 largest wind farms have had on the state.

Employee Spotlight: David G. Reamer

John Larkey is Geronimo’s Vice President of Origination. Prior to joining the Geronimo team, John served as the Vice President of Power Marketing for Recurrent Energy in San Francisco. John began his professional career in Minnesota with Cargill, where he built a long career across a multitude of global industries including: energy, commodity and financial markets, food manufacturing, industrial processing, and agricultural inputs.

Several years ago, John decided to pursue a career path where he could combine his professional passions for energy markets, innovative new technology, and building customer focused businesses by focusing on the exciting and dynamic renewable energy markets.

John believes renewable energy will revolutionize the global energy markets, as well as how customers and communities access reliable, sustainable and affordable power over the coming decades.

John was born in New York City, grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has called Minnesota home since 1998. He and his wife, Meghann (a native of Edina, MN), live in Northeast Minneapolis and enjoy all the Twin Cities have to offer - especially the great bike trails all 12 months of the year!

John holds a MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, MI and a BSME from the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering in Minneapolis, MN.

Geronimo Energy Projects Push Forward

2016 has been a very busy time for Geronimo Energy and our project portfolio. Two large solar projects broke ground, wind farms went operational, and several more projects are well-under construction.

 

200 MW Courtenay Wind Farm: Stutsman County, ND

The Geronimo Energy-developed and Xcel Energy-owned project broke ground in the fall of 2015 and continues to progress forward in construction, with an anticipated Commercial Operation Date by the end of 2016.

78 MW Black Oak Getty Wind Farm: Stearns County, MN

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, the owner of Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, hosted a turbine blade signing event for the project in the summer of 2016. The project began construction in 2015 and is estimated to begin operations by the end of 2016.

100 MW Aurora Solar Project: multiple counties throughout Minnesota

The historic solar project that proved that solar is an economical choice as compared to natural gas broke ground in the summer of 2016 and continues to progress forward in construction. Aurora is estimated to be operational by the end of 2016. The project is estimated to pump over $20 million into the local Minnesota economy over the next 20 years.

400 MW Grande Prairie Wind Farm: Holt County, NE

Construction began on Nebraska’s largest wind farm in 2015. BHE Renewables, a division of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the project owner, celebrated construction with landowners and community stakeholders in the summer of 2016. In October, Grande Prairie began operations testing, which will last approximately one month before the project is officially commissioned and operational.

96 MW Community Solar Garden (CSG) Portfolio: multiple counties throughout Minnesota

The first phase of CSGs broke ground the summer of 2016, and Commercial Operation Dates are expected throughout 2016 and 2017. The entire CSG portfolio is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 2 million metric tons and pump over $45 million of total economic impact over the first 25 years of operation.

1 MW Pierre Solar: Hughes County, SD

South Dakota’s largest solar project kicked off construction in the spring of 2016 and reached operations in September 2016. Geronimo Energy staff along with Missouri River Energy Services staff, City of Pierre representatives, community members and stakeholders all gathered in September for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the commissioning of the project.

200 MW Odell Wind Farm: Cottonwood, Watanwon, Jackson and Martin Counties, Minnesota

Geronimo Energy’s Odell Wind Farm began construction in the summer of 2015, and just this past August, its owner, Algonquin Power and Utilities, announced it had achieved Commercial Operation. The 200 MW project spans 24,000 acres and neighbors Geronimo’s Odin Wind Farm, which became operational in 2008. Odell is special for Geronimo Energy, as it is located in the hometown of our founder and Chairman, Noel P. Rahn. At a recent event celebrating the Odell Wind Farm commissioning, Mr. Rahn said, “This is a dream come true for Geronimo.”

Environmental and Economic Impacts

Odell is estimated to produce approximately 816.6 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, eliminating approximately 563,087 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. In addition to its significant environmental impacts, Odell Wind Farm will also bring an estimated $50 million of direct economic impact to the local area over 20 years, including: $17 million in additional tax revenue towards the host counties and townships, $22 million in landowner payments, and the creation of approximately 200 temporary construction jobs and 10 full-time permanent jobs. Like all Geronimo Energy wind farms, Odell Wind Farm also includes a community fund, which comprises of annual payments of $40,000 for the first 20 years of operation to be used exclusively for charitable activities.

Geronimo Energy Sells Second Wind Farm to
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

In late July, Geronimo Energy announced the sale of its Apple Blossom Wind Farm to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas infrastructure, and a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

“Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brings impressive wind energy construction and operating expertise and has an aligned mission with Geronimo Energy’s farmer-friendly and community-focused approach.”

- Blake Nixon, Geronimo Energy President

Apple Blossom is a 100-megawatt wind farm located in Huron County, Michigan. Apple Blossom is expected to power an estimated 38,000 Michigan homes and will offset approximately 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. In addition to the considerable environmental benefits, Apple Blossom will also provide economic benefits in the form of increased tax revenue, landowner payments, job creation and charitable contributions. Apple Blossom’s power has been sold to Consumers Energy under a 15-year contract.

Apple Blossom marks Geronimo Energy’s second wind farm sale to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. The previously sold Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, located in Stearns County, Minnesota, is currently under construction.

“Geronimo Energy is pleased to work with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on a second wind farm project in the Midwestern United States,” Blake Nixon, Geronimo Energy President said. “Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brings impressive wind energy construction and operating expertise and has an aligned mission with Geronimo Energy’s farmer-friendly and community-focused approach.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire, build and operate the Apple Blossom wind project in the state of Michigan as it continues to position itself as a wind energy leader,” said Kevin C. Sagara, president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. “The acquisition of the Apple Blossom wind project enables our company to continue to invest in the development, construction and operation of renewable energy infrastructure. We look forward to providing Michigan with a stable supply of clean, renewable energy and becoming a long-term partner with the local community through the development and operation of this project.”

Apple Blossom is expected to begin construction the fall of 2016 and enter into operation in 2017.

NREL Studies Impacts of Portfolio Standards

On July 14, 2016, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published the report, “A Retrospective Analysis of Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards,” which details the benefits of satisfying the 2013 U. S. renewable portfolio standards (RPS). A brief overview of the findings is below.

 

Carbon dioxide (equivalent) was
cut by 59 million metric tons


Healthier Air

  • Carbon dioxide (equivalent) was cut by 59 million metric tons, which is worth approximately $2.2 billion in global benefits from avoided future damages.
  • Reduced air pollution provided $5.2 billion in health and environmental benefits.

Reduced Water Usage

  • Water withdrawals were reduced by 830 billion gallons, and water consumption was reduced by 27 billion gallons.
  • Each megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity generated for RPS compliance obligations in 2013 represents an average savings of 8,420 gallons of water withdrawal and 270 gallons of water consumption.

Stronger Economy

  • New renewable electricity generation used for RPS compliance supported nearly 200,000 U.S.-based gross jobs and reduced wholesale electricity prices and natural gas prices, saving consumers a combined $1.3–$4.9 billion.

Source:

Wiser, Ryan, Galen Barbose, Jenny Heeter, Trieu Mai, Lori Bird, Mark Bolinger, Alberta Carpenter, Garvin Heath, David Keyser, Jordan Macknick, Andrew Mills, and Dev Millstein. “Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards.” (2016): n. pag. Web. 16 Aug. 2016.

Reading About Renewables

There have been numerous studies performed on the positive economic impacts wind energy provides for its host communities, landowners and supporters. Recently, Illinois State University’s Center for Renewable Energy conducted a study that detailed the economic impact its 25 largest wind farms have had on the state.

Employee Spotlight: David G. Reamer

John Larkey is Geronimo’s Vice President of Origination. Prior to joining the Geronimo team, John served as the Vice President of Power Marketing for Recurrent Energy in San Francisco. John began his professional career in Minnesota with Cargill, where he built a long career across a multitude of global industries including: energy, commodity and financial markets, food manufacturing, industrial processing, and agricultural inputs.

Several years ago, John decided to pursue a career path where he could combine his professional passions for energy markets, innovative new technology, and building customer focused businesses by focusing on the exciting and dynamic renewable energy markets.

John believes renewable energy will revolutionize the global energy markets, as well as how customers and communities access reliable, sustainable and affordable power over the coming decades.

John was born in New York City, grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has called Minnesota home since 1998. He and his wife, Meghann (a native of Edina, MN), live in Northeast Minneapolis and enjoy all the Twin Cities have to offer - especially the great bike trails all 12 months of the year!

John holds a MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, MI and a BSME from the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering in Minneapolis, MN.