NPPD constructed Nebraska’s first wind-energy generation facility in 1998 west of Springview. Since then, we’ve been active in the state’s wind development and supportive of wind development legislation. While it doesn’t generate power all the time, wind energy is an important part of NPPD’s diverse generation mix.
Click on the images below to see NPPD’s five day wind generation and NPPD’s wind generation at a glance. A more detailed look at each of our wind facilities is below.
Ainsworth Wind Energy Facility
The Ainsworth Wind Energy Facility is the state’s largest publicly-owned wind farm. Located six miles south of Ainsworth, Neb., the facility has been in operation since 2005, generating over 1 billion kilowatt hours of wind-powered electricity for NPPD’s customers. The facility, which operates with 36, 1.65 megawatt turbines, is also the second largest publicly-owned wind farm in the country.
Elkhorn Ridge Wind Farm
A request for proposal was issued in 2008 for wind farms to be built in the state that would sell electric power to NPPD. The first privately-owned and operated wind farm in Nebraska was the Elkhorn Ridge Wind Farm, located northwest of Bloomfield, Neb. Commercial operation began in 2009 A Power Purchase agreement is in place with the wind farm owner, NRG Energy, a U.S. integrated power company, to sell the electric output to NPPD. As it did with the Ainsworth Wind Energy Facility, NPPD sells portions of the output to other Nebraska utilities. NPPD takes 40 megawatts of power from the facility, with Omaha Public Power District taking 25, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska eight, Lincoln Electric System six, and the City of Grand Island one.
Laredo Ridge Wind Farm
A request for proposal was issued in 2009 for wind farms to be built in the state that would sell electric power to NPPD. An 80-megawatt project was proposed near Petersburg, Neb., and was selected by NPPD with commercial operation beginning in 2010. A Power Purchase agreement is in place with the wind farm owner, NRG Energy, a U.S. integrated power company to sell the electrical output to NPPD. As it did with the Ainsworth Wind Energy Facility, NPPD sells portions of the output to other Nebraska utilities. NPPD takes 61 megawatts of power from the facility, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska eight, Lincoln Electric System ten, and the City of Grand Island one.
Springview Wind Energy Facility
Nebraska’s first wind-energy generation facility was constructed in 1998 west of Springview, Neb. After 10 years of operation, the 1.5 megawatt facility was decommissioned and sold, primarily due to the lack of spare parts needed to keep the turbines operational. In 2011, the facility figuratively rose up again as Blue Stem LLC, installed two, 1.5 megawatt direct-drive wind turbines, with NPPD taking the electrical output through a Power Purchase Agreement.
Broken Bow Wind Farm
Broken Bow, NE
In its request for proposal in 2009, NPPD asked private developers to propose a wind farm for the Broken Bow, Neb., area resulting in an 80 megawatt wind farm just east of the community which became commercial December 1, 2012. A Power Purchase agreement is in place with the wind farm owner, NRG Energy, a U.S. integrated power company to sell the electric output to NPPD. NPPD’s share of the output is 51 megawatts with Omaha Public Power District taking 18, Lincoln Electric System 10, and the City of Grand Island one.
Fifty General Electric 1.6-megawatt turbines are located on farm and ranch land north and east of Broken Bow.
Crofton Bluffs Wind Farm
This 42-megawatt wind facility became commercial on November 1, 2012. The facility is located southwest of Crofton, Neb. A Power Purchase agreement is in place with the wind farm owner, NRG Energy, a U.S. integrated power company to sell the electric output to NPPD. The project was a result of the first round of requests for proposals that were conducted in 2008. NPPD takes 21 megawatts of the output of the facility with Omaha Public Power District taking 14, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska four, and Lincoln Electric System three.
Two, 3-megawatt Vestas turbines and 20, 1.8-megawatt Vestas turbines are located on mostly farm land.
Steele Flats Wind Farm
Near the Kansas border between Steele City and Odell
NPPD entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement in early 2013 with NextEra Energy resources, a Juno Beach, Fla.-based company, for the Steele Flats Wind Farm. Located in southern Nebraska near the Kansas border between Steele City and Odell, the facility began commercial operation on November 1, 2013. The Steele Flats Wind Farm is capable of generating 75 megawatts of electricity from the 44, 1.7- megawatt turbines that have been constructed near Highway 8 in Jefferson and Gage counties.
NPPD will be taking the entire output of the facility, but will be selling 30 megawatts of renewable energy credits from the facility to BD (Becton, Dickinson Company), a New Jersey company with operations in Columbus, Neb., and Holdrege, Neb., as part of that company’s sustainable energy initiative.
Broken Bow II Wind Farm
Broken Bow, NE
The 43–turbine Broken Bow II Wind Farm near Broken Bow was completed in the fall of 2014 by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, which has a Power Purchase Agreement with NPPD. Maximum capacity is 75 megawatts). Nebraska Public Power District purchases the entire 75 megawatts keeping 30 megawatts and sells 45 megawatts to Omaha Public Power District. Commercial operation began in October 2014.