Nebraska Wind Farms
Existing and Proposed Wind Projects
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Map of Existing and Proposed wind projects in Kansas (PDF-447 kb), Source: Kansas Energy Information Network, July 2009.
Ainsworth Wind Farm
Brown County, Nebraska - This 59.4 MW project came on-line in 2005. RES Americas served as the EPC construction contractor, while it is owned by Nebraska Public Power District. It consists of 36 Vestas V82, 1.65 MW wind turbines. The project is located around 6 miles south of the town of Ainsworth.
Elkhorn Ridge Wind Farm
near Bloomfield, Knox County, Nebraska - This 81 MW project came on-line in early 2009 and is comprised of 27 Vestas V90, 3.0 MW turbines. The project was developed by Midwest Wind Energy LLC and is owned by Edison Mission Group and the Tenaska group, with power sold to Nebraska Public Power District. The wind farm consists of 27 Vestas V90 (3.0 MW) wind turbines.
The Wind Project at Kimball
Kimball, Red Willow County, Nebraska - A 10.5 MW project of the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) came on-line in November 2002.
Flat Water Wind Project
Richardson County, Nebraska -
A 60-MW project that was developed by juwi Wind (formerly JW Prairie Wind Power LLC of Lawrence, KS), but bought out by
Gallop Power of Austin, TX and later
Gestamp Wind North America of Houston (with the parent
company in Spain). This 60-MW
project went on-line in December 2010 and consists of 40 GE 1.5 MW turbines. RES Americas
handled construction, while the power
is sold to
Omaha Public Power District via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Laredo Ridge Wind Energy Project
Boone County, Nebraska - Laredo Ridge Wind Farm LLC, a project of Midwest Wind Energy LLC and Edison Mission Group, signed a 20 year PPA with Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). The 80 MW project went on-line at the end of 2010. (April 2011)
TPW Petersburg Wind Project
Boone County, Nebraska - The 40.5 MW TPW Petersburg Wind farm was developed by Third Planet Windpower of Incline Village, Nevada. This project consists of 27 GE 1.5 XLE-ESS wind turbines, the power of which is purchased by Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). In December 2011, Gestamp Wind North America acquired the project The project qualified as C-BED and came on-line date in November 2011. enXco Service Corp. announced in February 2012 that they signed an Operations and Maintenance Agreement with the wind farm. (February 2012)
Broken Bow Wind Project
Custer County, Nebraska - This project was originally started by NPPD in 2008 and later awarded to Midwest Wind Energy LLC in 2009 through a bid process. Midwest Wind completed development of the project and later sold it to Edison Mission Energy. The 80 MW project is located just east of Broken Bow, and came on-line in October 2012. The project consists of 50 GE 1.6 MW turbines and is now owned by Edison Mission Energy. Wanzek Construction was the Balance of Plant (BOP) contractor.
The power purchasers for this project will be: NPPD - 47 MW, OPPD - 18, Lincoln Electric System - 10, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) - 4, and the City of Grand Island - 1 MW.
Benefits: According to a news report, construction activities at this project created an estimated $5.6 million in state sales tax revenues. Over the completed project's 25-year life, it will provide nearly $900,000 in annual property tax and state income tax revenues plus and additional $540,000 in lease royalty payments to the landowners. (October 2012)
Crofton Bluffs Wind Farm
Knox County, Nebraska - This project was a joint effort between NPPD and Edison Mission Group. There are 22 Vestas V90 wind turbines - some sized at 1.8 MW and others at 3 MW - at this site. In all, the project is capable of producing 42 MW of power. From this project, NPPD will take 20 MW, Omaha Public Power District 13 MW, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska four, and Lincoln Electric System three. This wind farm will be on-line by the end of 2012. (August 2012)
Proposed Nebraska Wind Projects
Prairie Breeze Wind Project
Antelope & Boone Counties, Nebraska - Invenergy is in the process of developing a 200 MW, 133 turbine project that will be the largest wind farm in Nebraska. In October 2010, it was announced that the Nebraska Power Review Board granted the project conditional approval to allow export of power from this project. In December 2012, it was announced that the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) had signed a PPA to purchase power from this project. The agreement would cover 25 years and gives OPPD the option to purchase the project after 10 years (when the tax credits, which publicly-owned OPPD is not eligible to use, expire). NPPD is also eyeing a PPA with Invenergy for up to 75 MW of power. While the wind farm is scheduled to be operational by January 2014. (January 2013)
Conestoga Wind Project
Cass Counties, Nebraska - This project is under development by Midwest Wind Energy LLC. The project is expected to be around 80 MW. (April 2011)
Cherry County Wind Project
Cherry County, Nebraska - A 100 MW wind farm filed for interconnection in the Southwest Power Pool in Spring 2010. The developer and other details of the project is not yet known by KEIN. (May 2010)
Broken Bow II Wind Project
Custer County, Nebraska - Broken Bow II will be the second phase of to the Custer County project. This phase was also developed by Midwest Wind Energy LLC. NPPD will purchase 30 MW of this power, while OPPD will purchase 45 MW. This phase will have a capacity of 75 MW and has an estimated cost of around $110 million. It is likely that this project will be built in 2013, now that the PTC has been renewed. (January 2013)
Dawson County Wind Project
Dawson County, Nebraska - Geronimo Energy is in the process of developing a wind farm in Dawson County. A meteorological tower has been collecting data at a site seven miles northeast of Farnam. The proposed wind farm will span 20,000 acres between Highways 21 and 47 and include around 50 towers producing 100 MW of power. Geronimo Energy plans to have the project ready by 2015-16. (August 2012)
Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project
Dixon County, Nebraska - TradeWind Energy of Lenexa, Kans. is working on a 200 MW project in NE Nebraska near the towns of Allen, Emerson, and Wakefield. They currently estimate this project to be ready in 2012. The Impact Analysis of this project, through the Southwest Power Pool, is complete and the project remains on-schedule. (October 2012)
Volkswind Nebraska Wind Project
Gage and Jefferson Counties, Nebraska - Volkswind USA, a German company with a U.S. office in Portland, OR, is in the process of developing a 100 MW project along the Gage and Jefferson County border in SE Nebraska. Development for the project began in 2009 when Volkswind began working with a landowners group consisting of 65 families called 136 Wind Energy Group. It's not currently known by KEIN whether this project is the same as the Jefferson County project described below. (October 2012)
Steele Flats Wind Project
Jefferson & Gage Counties, Nebraska - NextEra Energy Resources plans a 75 megawatt project in Jefferson and Gage counties. The project will contain 44 turbines and will interconnect to the grid at a substation near Steele City. The power from this project will be purchased by NPPD and construction will begin in 2013. This is likely the same project that filed for interconnection with the Southwest Power Pool in early 2011 near Steele City with a projected December 2013 on-line date. (February 2013)
Johnson County Wind Project
Johnson County, Nebraska - This 60 megawatt project of Invenergy received Special Use Permits by the Johnson County Commission in March 2012. The project is expected to consist of 37 turbines and will be located the towns of Sterling and Crab Orchard. (April 2011)
Madison County Wind Project
Madison County, Nebraska - A 100.5 MW wind farm filed for
interconnection in the Southwest Power Pool in early 2010. The developer and
other details of the project is not yet known by KEIN.
North Fork Wind Project
Knox & Cedar Counties, Nebraska - This project was developed by Midwest WindEnergy LLC. The project is expected to be around 1,200 to 1,500 MW in size. (April 2011)
Burr Ridge Wind Project
Otoe Counties, Nebraska - This project is under development by Midwest Wind Energy LLC. The project is expected to be around 80 MW in size. (April 2011)
Thayer County Wind Project
Thayer Counties, Nebraska - Aether Energy LLC (also known as Aksamit Resource Management) of Texas has put up multiple met towers in Thayer County, one a mile NE of Byron, along Highway 8, just north of the Kansas border. In October 2012 they received a determination of no hazard for a met tower East of Byron, perhaps the same one as reported in June 2011. (October 2012)
Wayne County Wind Project
Wayne County, Nebraska - A 99 MW wind farm filed for
interconnection in the Southwest Power Pool in Spring 2010. This is
likely a project of Way Wind LLC of Madison, Wisconsin. In June
2011, it was announced that Way Wind and Nordex USA were teaming to
develop a project between 99 and 120 MW. The developer and
other details of the project is not yet known by KEIN.
Winside Wind Project
near Winside, Wayne County, Nebraska - A 120 megawatt project filed for interconnection with the Southwest Power Pool in early 2011. The planned location is near Winside and lists a December 2012 on-line date. As of August 2012, this project was pending an impact analysis. (August 2012)
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