Constellation Energy to increase output of Criterion wind project

Published on June 13, 2023 by Dave Kovaleski

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Constellation Energy is increasing its overall output of its Criterion wind project in Oakland, Md.

Over the course of this project, Constellation’s repowering efforts will enable 315 megawatts of its existing carbon-free wind fleet to generate greater output at the same wind conditions. It marks the launch of a $350 million effort to increase the output and lifespan of the company’s renewable energy portfolio.

“Constellation leads the nation in carbon-free energy production. Our investment strategy will unlock even more clean energy from our existing facilities to help the nation meet its ambitious climate goals,” Joe Dominguez, president and CEO of Constellation, said.

Construction at the Criterion wind project is underway with the installation of new, high-efficiency rotors, turbine blades and generators. The older turbine blades and equipment will be recycled. The power generated at the wind project will continue to be sold to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC). The project is projected to be operational by the end of 2023.

“We are very excited about this project, as the assessable tax base and the 100-plus construction jobs created are significant,” Paul Edwards, chairman of the Garrett County Commissioners, said. “The increase in carbon-free power production is also needed. This is a huge upgrade for our region.”

The Criterion wind project is the latest in a series of clean energy investments Constellation has made.
Recently, Constellation announced the acquisition of a 44 percent ownership stake in the South Texas Project nuclear plant, an intent to seek license renewal at its Clinton and Dresden nuclear plants in Illinois, and an $800 million uprate project at the Braidwood and Byron nuclear facilities in Illinois.

In addition, Constellation recently began producing hydrogen at the nation’s first one-megawatt nuclear-powered clean hydrogen facility in upstate New York and set an industry record for blending high concentrations of hydrogen with natural gas to lower emissions at its Hillabee Generating Station in Alabama.

Constellation operates 27 wind projects that are capable of producing about 1,400 megawatts of electricity.

Constellation is Maryland’s largest producer of carbon-free energy. Through its Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant in Calvert County, the Conowingo Dam along the Susquehanna River, and three wind farms in western Maryland, Constellation produces approximately 90 percent of Maryland’s carbon-free energy.