Caney River Wind Project, TVA agree on power purchase

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is adding more wind energy to its power-generation mix with a contract to buy up to 201 MW of renewable energy from a wind farm in Kansas.

The 20-year agreement with Caney River Wind Project LLC will deliver wind power to the TVA region from a facility to be built in Elk County, Kan. The farm will have 111 turbines across approximately 14,000 acres.

TradeWind LLC and Enel North America (ENA) plan to erect the wind turbines and more than 200 workers will be employed during the construction phase. The entire project is expected to cost about $350 million, and commercial operation is expected to commence in 2012.

Caney River Wind Project LLC is a direct subsidiary of TradeWind Energy, based in Lenexa, Kan. The wind farm will be constructed, owned and operated by TradeWind partner ENA, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power.

In an effort to promote wildlife and grassland conservation throughout the state of Kansas, the Caney River Wind Project has entered a partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to manage $5 million in funding directed toward the purchase of conservation easements and issuance of research and conservation grants within the state.

SOURCES: Tennessee Valley Authority, TradeWind Energy LLC

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