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Edison Mission Group's (EMG) Elkhorn Ridge wind project near Bloomfield, Neb., is now providing electricity to the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). The project is majority-owned by EMG, with one-third owned by Nebraska employee-owners of Tenaska, a privately held energy company headquartered in Omaha.

The largest wind energy facility in the state, Elkhorn Ridge can generate up to 80 MW of power. The project is powered by 27 wind turbines, each capable of generating nearly 3 MW of electricity at full capacity. All of the output is sold to NPPD under a long-term power purchase agreement.

"This is another major step forward in NPPD's strategic goal of having 10 percent of our energy mix by 2020 coming from renewable energy sources," says Ron Asche, president and CEO of NPPD.

NPPD will retain 40 MW from Elkhorn Ridge and will resell the other 40 MW to the Omaha Public Power District, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Lincoln Electric System and Grand Island Utilities.

The $140 million project was permitted and developed for EMG by Midwest Wind Energy of Chicago. In its first five years of operation, the project is estimated to provide over $7 million in local taxes and lease payments to landowners.

SOURCE: Nebraska Public Power District



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