NPPD Provides Update For Wind RFP

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Nebraska Public Power District's (NPPD) board of directors was briefed on the status of a recent request for proposals (RFP) that could possibly add between 50 MW and 300 MW of wind energy to the utility's energy resources. A total of 34 proposals were received by NPPD's June 4 deadline and will now undergo evaluation.

This most recent RFP focused on a site with existing wind study option agreements with NPPD in Madison County, or on a developer's site that has adequate transmission. NPPD will make a decision by late summer on whether to select one or more projects that would have in-service dates between 2012 and 2014 – or possibly take none, depending on price.

Nineteen proposals were submitted for the Madison County site. In addition, 15 projects located on other sites were proposed. Twenty-one different wind development companies submitted proposals, with some submitting multiple proposals.

This current RFP, issued in April, is the third one that NPPD has conducted. The first resulted in power purchase agreements for the 80 MW Elkhorn Ridge Wind Farm, which became operational this year.

SOURCE: Nebraska Public Power District

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