Operational by Fall 2005...
60 Megawatt Wind Facility Approved
public power utilities will join the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) in
the development of a wind power facility near Ainsworth that will generate
60 megawatts of electricity.
NPPD's board approved a 60-megawatt, wind-turbine facility with the option
to increase the project up to a maximum of 75 megawatts, if other participants
can be found for the additional project capacity.
Current participating entities and their respective share of the power
output include: 10 megawatts for Omaha Public Power District; 10 megawatts
for the Jacksonville Electric Authority in Florida; 7 megawatts
for the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska; and 1 megawatt for the city
of Grand Island. NPPD customers will use the balance of the power, 32
The construction of this wind facility the largest in the
state is an example of public power at its best: Nebraskans generating
power for other Nebraskans and public power entities, said NPPD
President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Fehrman. Constructing
60 megawatts takes advantage of one of Nebraska's most cost-effective
fuel resources (wind) and contributes to an increase in efforts across
the state to supply electricity to customers through renewable energy
NPPD will now seek approval for the project from the Nebraska Power Review
Board and begin soliciting contractor bids for the facility's engineering,
procurement and construction. The plan is to award a contract in September
and have the wind farm operational by the fall of 2005.
I am excited about moving ahead with this project, said Fehrman,
and we'll work to build the site out with other participants.
Information about the project is available on NPPD's website at http://www.nppd.com/About_Us/Energy_Facilities/facilities/wind_generation.asp
The facility's construction, which is expected to cost approximately
$81 million, will be paid over a 20-year period with tax-exempt bonds.