Wind farm builder RES Americas in lawsuits over Pennsylvania project

July 2, 2013 by  
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Wind farm builder RES Americas in lawsuits over Pennsylvania project

Cathy Proctor
Reporter- Denver Business Journal

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Broomfield wind farm builder RES Americas is embroiled in lawsuits over who’s to blame for cost overruns at a northeastern Pennsylvania wind farm.

RES Americas has filed a $56 million suit against BP Wind Energy, the project developer, and Mehoopany Wind Energy LLC, owner of the farm in Wyoming County, Pa., according to a story in the Wilkes-Barre Sunday Dispatch.

RES says it’s owed for work done on the $250 million wind project to ensure that the wind turbines were operational by the end of 2012, when a federal wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) was set to expire.

Wind developers across the country were scrambling throughout 2012 to finish projects before the deadline.

The tax credit, which received a two-year extension on the first day of 2013, is worth $22 for every megawatt of energy produced.

RES claims the wind farm developer and owner were to blame for the cost overruns, while the two companies say RES is at fault and have filed a separate suit against RES in Texas seeking more than $32 million in damages, according to the Sunday Dispatch’s story.

And local landowners in Pennsylvania who signed contracts allowing wind turbines to be installed on their land have received lien notices from subcontractors seeking payment. RES’s attorney told the Sunday Dispatch that the company is wiling to put up bonds that will secure the subcontractors’ claims against RES and satisfy the liens while the case is pending.

RES (Renewable Energy Systems) Americas is the North American division of United Kingdom-based RES Group.

Cathy Proctor covers energy, the environment, transportation and construction for the Denver Business Journal and edits the weekly “Energy Inc.” newsletter. Phone: 303-803-9233. Subscribe to the Energy Inc. newsletter

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