First Wind to host ribbon-cutting Oct. 26 to celebrate completion of its 40-MW Sheffield Wind project in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom; three electric providers to buy output under PPAs

BOSTON , October 19, 2011 (press release) – The state’s first utility-scale wind power project will produce clean energy in Vermont for Vermont homes

WHAT:

First Wind will host a ribbon-cutting and luncheon barbeque to celebrate the completion of the company’s 40 MW Sheffield Wind project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. As part of the event, Governor Shumlin, local officials and community members will join First Wind to dedicate Vermont’s first utility-scale wind energy project. The project will generate enough power for more than 14,000 Vermont homes, or nearly half of the homes in the Northeast Kingdom. The clean power generated by the project will be sold to Burlington Electric Department (BED), the Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc. (VEC) and the Washington Electric Cooperative, Inc. (WEC) under power purchase agreements.

WHO:

Speakers will include:

Governor Peter Shumlin
Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind
Avram Patt, General Manager of Washington Electric Company
Max Aldrich, Selectman for the town of Sheffield


WHERE:

Sheffield Wind Project

1868 New Duck Pond Road

Sheffield, VT 05866

Note: Please RSVP by October 24 by calling 617-960-9521 or sending an email to jlamontagne@firstwind.com. Directions available upon request.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

11:00 a.m. – Speaking ceremony and ribbon-cutting

12:00 p.m. – Luncheon

Media note: B-Roll footage of construction is available. Please submit a request to jlamontagne@firstwind.com by October 24 at 5:00 p.m.

About First Wind

First Wind is an independent wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind projects in the United States. Based in Boston, First Wind has wind projects in the Northeast, the West and in Hawaii, with the capacity to generate up to 695 megawatts of power and projects under construction with the capacity to generate up to an additional 181 megawatts. For more information on First Wind, please visit www.firstwind.com or follow us on Twitter @FirstWind.

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