OPPD Begins Study of Wind Proposals

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Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) managers now are studying 12 proposals submitted to provide electricity generated by the wind. OPPD's first request for proposals for wind energy asked for up to 80 MW of generating capacity and the electricity that goes along with that capacity. OPPD would like to enter into an agreement to purchase the power, with the electricity flowing onto the grid no later than 2010.

‘We have been pleased with the number of proposals received,’ says Marc Nichols, division manager for sustainable energy and environmental stewardship at OPPD. ‘Now, we must perform the due diligence to make certain we have the best proposal for our customer owners.’

A decision cannot be made until the district conducts a thorough evaluation of the proposals, according to Nichols. With the proper proposals, OPPD could enter into an agreement for wind-generated electricity by next April.

SOURCE: Omaha Public Power District

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