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WIND 

Springview Project:

Grand Island first became involved with wind energy in 1998 with the development of the “Nebraska Distributed Wind Generation Project” or NDWG, often referred to as the “Springview Project” because of its proximity to that community in north central Nebraska. The project included two 750 kilowatt wind turbines installed near Springview, Nebraska. Half of the cost of the project was funded by a grant from the Electric Power Research Institute/Department of Energy-Turbine Verification Program. NDWG was a joint project among Nebraska utilities that included Auburn Utilities, Grand Island Utilities, KBR Power District, Lincoln Electric System, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). Grand Island received an average of six megawatt hours of energy per month from NDWG. This is enough energy to supply approximately six houses for one month. Due to rising maintenance costs, increasing equipment failures and unit downtime, this facility was decommissioned in August, 2007. Including the salvage value of the turbines, the final production cost was approximately $23/megawatt hour.  In 2010, two new wind turbines were installed at the Springview site.  More information regarding this installation is given in the Broken Bow Wind Project information below.

 

Ainsworth Project:

Grand Island is a participant in the Ainsworth Wind Energy Farm (AWEF) near Ainsworth, NE. This facility was constructed in 2005 and consists of thirty-six 1.65 megawatt turbines for a total project output of 59.4 megawatts. Grand Island has a one megawatt participation level in AWEF. AWEF is another joint project that is operated by Nebraska Public Power District, and includes participation by Omaha Public Power District, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Grand Island Utilities, and JEA of Jacksonville, Florida. Since the start of AWEF, Grand Island has received an average of 285 megawatt hours of energy per month.

 

Elkhorn Ridge:

Elkhorn Ridge Wind, LLC (Elkhorn) is an 80 MW wind farm located near the town of Bloomfield in northeast Nebraska.  It consists of twenty-seven 3 megawatt turbines.  It began commercial operation January 1, 2009.  Unlike AWEF, Elkhorn is a privately owned facility.  NPPD entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with Elkhorn to purchase all power produced by the facility.  Grand Island then signed a Power Sales Agreement with NPPD to purchase a 1 MW share of the power produced at Elkhorn.  Since the start of Elkhorn, Grand Island has received an average of 265 megawatt hours of energy per month. 

 

Laredo Ridge:

Laredo Ridge Wind, LLC (LRW) is an 80 MW wind farm located near the town of Petersburg in northeast Nebraska.  It consists of fifty-four 1.5 megawatt turbines.  It began commercial operation February 1, 2011.  Similarly to Elkhorn, LRW is a privately owned facility.  NPPD entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with LRW to purchase all power produced by the facility.  Grand Island then signed a Power Sales Agreement with NPPD to purchase a 1 MW share of the power produced at LRW.  Since the start of LRW, Grand Island has received an average of 297 megawatt hours of energy per month. 

 

Broken Bow:

Broken Bow Wind, LLC (BBW) is an 80 MW wind farm located near the town of Broken Bow in central Nebraska.  It consists of fifty 1.6 megawatt turbines.  It began commercial operation December 1, 2012.  Similarly to Laredo Ridge, BBW is a privately owned facility.  NPPD entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with BBW to purchase all power produced by the facility.  Grand Island then signed a Power Sales Agreement with NPPD to purchase a 1 MW share of the power produced at BBW.  Since the start of BBW, Grand Island has received an average of 332 megawatt hours of energy per month. 

 

Prairie Breeze III:

Prairie Breeze III (PBIII) is a 35.8 MW wind farm currently under construction near the town of Elgin in north central Nebraska. Prairie Breeze III consists of twenty 1.7 megawatt turbines.  Commercial operation was completed in the Spring of 2016.  Similarly to Broken Bow, PBIII is a privately owned facility.  In contrast to previous projects, Grand Island has entered into a power purchase agreement directly with the developer.  The agreement is for the entire output of the facility.  Since that agreement has been approved, subsequent agreements have been signed with the City of Nebraska City for 7 MW and the City of Neligh for 2 MW.

 

Prairie Wind:

Prairie Wind is a 50 MW wind farm located in the former Callaway Wind Farm located in Custer Coiunty, Nebraska. The City of Grand Island has entered a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power (SUSGP), which is a subsidiary of Sempar Energy who is a leading developer of wind and solar energy throughout the United States. Commercial operation is expected to be completed in 2019.