Officials in Nebraska gathered for a ceremonial ground breaking for the Laredo Ridge Wind project. The project was developed by Midwest Wind Energy LLC and is owned and operated by Laredo Ridge Wind LLC, an affiliate of Edison Mission Group (EMG), which is a subsidiary of Edison International. All of the electricity produced at the site will be sold under a 20-year contract to the Nebraska Public Power District.
‘Nebraska is on the move in wind energy development,’ says Gov. Dave Heineman, R-Neb. ‘I fully expect Nebraska to be a top-10 wind energy producing state within the next 10 years. The Laredo Ridge Wind Facility is a significant expansion of Nebraska's wind power capacity.’
Laredo Ridge is located in Boone County on a ridgeline. It will be powered by 54 GE turbines, which can produce 81 MW of electricity. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
The project will support about 170 construction jobs and represents a total investment of $200 million. It is also expected to pay nearly $6 million in taxes and fees to the local and state economies over the next 20 years.
SOURCE: Edison Mission Group