ScottishPower's US energy business PPM Energy has agreed to purchase 300-megawatts of wind turbines from GE Energy for use in projects scheduled for construction during calendar 2006.

The new order continues PPM Energy’s ongoing strategy to develop its portfolio of renewable energy sources. In August, PPM Energy completed construction ahead of schedule on its 75-megawatts Klondike II Wind Power Plant in Oregon. Portland General Electric has a 30-year agreement with PPM Energy to purchase all of Klondike II’s wind capacity to serve PGE customers beginning in December 2005.

PPM Energy also expects this year to complete four other wind power projects, including a 100-megawatts project in Minnesota, two 150-megawatts project in Kansas and California; and the 198-megawatts Maple Ridge project.

In total the ScottishPower subsidiary plans to add 574-megawatts of wind capacity in 2005 to an existing total of 830-megawatts in the US. The latest purchase of GE turbines will be used in projects which are expected to match 2005 capacity expansion levels.