NPPD plans meeting in Petersburg on wind farm plans

Nebraska Public Power District will be hosting two public sessions to present information on its recently released Request For Proposal (RFP).

One of the meetings will be held next Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Werner Hall in Petersburg. A session is also scheduled in Broken Bow on Monday, Dec. 15. Areas near the two communities are top candidates for a wind farm locations in the next round of wind farm sites to be announced by NPPD.

NPPD plans to seek a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement for the electricity generated from an 80 megawatt wind farm located near Petersburg or Broken Bow through this recently released RFP.

Dave Rich, NPPD renewable energy development manager, will make the presentation that will focus on the district’s plans for renewable energy development and the goal of having 10 percent of its energy mix coming from renewable by 2020.

Additional topics include how the proposal process works, how specific locations were selected, the timeline for decision making, determining factors used in selection, and the potential impacts from a wind farm. Questions will also be fielded at the end of the meeting.

“There is a tremendous amount of interest in wind energy development in Nebraska,” explained Rich, noting that NPPD has distributed 87 copies of its request for wind generation proposals to various individuals and entities. “By using the RFP, we have an orderly process that will allow NPPD to reach its strategic goal of having 10 percent of its energy mix come from renewable energy by 2020. Through this type of evaluation, NPPD can establish contracts to purchase electricity generated by wind at the lowest cost possible.”

Individuals who may have questions about the meeting should contact NPPD Corporate Communications at 402-563-5667.