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NPPD picks Midwest Wind Energy proposal

Midwest Wind Energy project area (bold outline) in northeast Boone County.More wind energy is expected to be added to Nebraska Public Power District’s energy portfolio in the near future.

One of those wind projects will be in Boone County.

Last Friday, NPPD’s Board of Directors authorized entering into power purchase agreement (PPA) negotiations with Midwest Wind Energy/Edison Mission Midwest. NPPD will seek an agreement for 80 megawatts of wind-powered generation from a site near Petersburg.

The district is also interested in negotiating an agreement for a second project northeast of Broken Bow, NE, to also be developed by Midwest Wind Energy/Edison Mission Midwest, if NPPD can find other utility participants to purchase up to half of the output of the total projects.

It is expected that once negotiations are concluded, NPPD would approve final contract(s) later this year. The facilities would be operational by the end of 2010 or early in 2011.

See details in this week’s Albion News Print Edition.