Nebraska Anticipating Next Wind Facility

[] The site isn’t complete yet, but Nebraska officials and power companies from across the United States are eager for Nebraska Public Power District’s (NPPD) Ainsworth Wind Energy Facility to be complete. The facility is expected to benefit the Ainsworth area economically through an increase in construction labor throughout the summer months and the addition of two to four full-time employees who will work for NPPD out of the utility’s Ainsworth office. Ainsworth will be home to 36 wind turbines and generate 60 MW of electricity. NPPD will use 32 MW from the facility for distribution to its wholesale power customers and retail communities. Area utilities have already signed power purchase agreements with the NPPD including; Omaha Public Power District for 10 MW; JEA of Jacksonville, Florida for 10 MW; the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska for 7 MW; and Grand Island Utilities of Nebraska for 1 MW. Ainsworth was selected primarily on the basis of wind availability and consistency, as well as access to NPPD’s transmission grid. Delivery of the turbines is expected to arrive by the end of July, and NPPD expects to begin commercial operation in the fall of this year.
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