State Approves and Contractor Selected...
Ainsworth Wind Generation Facility Nearing Construction
“We are pleased that the Power Review Board approved our application,” said Clay Warren, NPPD vice president of strategic programs. “The facility is a good investment for public power in Nebraska and for the other public entities who are interested in contracting with NPPD to purchase energy from this type of technology.”
The proposed design for the facility includes 36 wind turbines producing 1.65 megawatts each. The turbine rotor blades will be 269 feet in diameter and will sit atop 230 feet tall tubular steel towers. The site near Ainsworth was selected because of wind speeds of approximately 19.5 miles per hour, which will enable the wind turbines to have a capacity factor of 40 percent. Capacity factor is a measurement that indicates how much of the time the facility will be generating power.
Earlier in August, the utility’s Board of Directors approved a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the facility to Renewable Energy Systems American Construction of Austin, Texas. Renewable Energy Systems bid of $72.4 million was the lowest and best of the three bids received. In total, the project is expected to cost $81.3 million.
With the Power Review Board’s approval, NPPD's last step before beginning construction is to complete agreements with participants. Commercial operation of the facility is anticipated by December 2005.
More information about the Ainsworth Wind Generation Facility is available on the utility’s web site.