12.5.2006: Meldung: Ormat Technologies Announces New Five-Year Agreements
Under the new Agreements, the geothermal energy produced by these projects will be sold at an average fixed energy rate of $62.74/MWh, starting with a rate of $61.50MWh for the first year, with an annual escalation of 1.0% thereafter. The new Agreements will come into effect when the current Renewable Energy Pricing Agreement terminates on April 30, 2007. The new average energy rate of $62.74/MWh will replace the existing rate of $53.70/MWh. As a result of these Agreements, Ormat"s revenues from the Ormesa and Heber projects for the first year are expected to increase by approximately $7.9 million. The capacity payment and capacity bonus under the respective power purchase agreement for each of the projects remain unchanged. The Agreements also set the energy loss adjustment factor (ELAF) at 1.0, which benefits projects that are located remotely from load pockets, and assigns the environmental attributes associated with the energy to SCE. The Agreements are subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Dita Bronicki, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company commented, "We are very pleased with the new Agreements which bring further stability and predictability to our operations in California. These Agreements eliminate the natural gas price volatility associated with SCE"s SRAC which, under the current formula, is heavily dependant on the price of natural gas. Moreover, the Agreements also eliminate heat-rate calculations and any uncertainty associated with a possible change to the SRAC methodology currently under review by the CPUC in California."
About Ormat Technologies
Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a vertically integrated company primarily engaged in the geothermal and recovered energy power business. The Company designs, develops, builds, owns and operates geothermal power plants.
It also designs, develops and builds, and plans to own and operate, recovered energy-based power plants. Additionally, the Company designs, manufactures and sells geothermal and recovered energy power units and other power generating equipment, and provides related services. Ormat products and systems are covered by more than 70 patents. ORMAT currently operates the following geothermal power plants: in the United States - Brady, Desert Peak, Heber, Mammoth, Ormesa, Puna and Steamboat; in the Philippines - Leyte; in Guatemala - Zunil; in Kenya - Olkaria; and in Nicaragua - Momotombo.
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Ormat Technologies Contact: Investor Relations Contact
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CEO and President KCSA Worldwide
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