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NPPD gets 20 proposals from wind farm developers

A total of 20 proposals from nine wind developers were received by Nebraska Public Power District in response to its most recent wind energy-related Request For Proposal (RFP), which closed April 15.

Last November, NPPD issued the RFP calling for construction of an 80-megawatt wind farm in either the Petersburg/Elgin or Broken Bow areas. NPPD would then purchase the electricity generated at the wind farm through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The process is similar to NPPD’s first wind-energy related RFP, except that specific locations for the wind farms were identified and also allowed privately-owned developers to make proposals using land on which NPPD currently has agreements with landowners. Developers could also propose projects on land they control as a company.

NPPD received eight proposals at Broken Bow and seven at Petersburg/Elgin on the NPPD controlled sites. Private developers also submitted proposals on their own sites, one at Broken Bow and four in the Petersburg/Elgin area.

Private companies bidding on their own development sites included Third Planet Windpower and Midwest Wind Energy, both of which have development sites in the Petersburg/Elgin area. Invenergy is another private company that submitted a bid.