Wind Energy Facilities

Energy Resources

Mixing variability with reliability

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.

Because it is intermittent, wind energy supplements baseload generation and is an important part of NPPD's diverse generation mix.

Wind turbines peaking through the clouds

Ainsworth Wind Energy Facility

 Nebraska map with a circle showing location of Ainsworth Wind Energy Facility
Location:
Ainsworth
Capacity:
60 MW
Units:
36, 1.65 MW each
Employs:
4
In-service:
October 1, 2005
Participants:
Nebraska Public Power District - 32 MW
Omaha Public Power District - 10 MW
JEA of Jacksonville (Fla.) - 10 MW
Municipal Energy of NE - 7 MW
City of Grand Island - 1 MW

Power Purchase Agreements

NPPD purchases 100 percent of the output from these wind generating facilities and re-sells it to other utilities, less NPPD's share.

Broken Bow 1 & 2
Nebraska map with a circle showing location of Broken Bow 1 and 2 wind facilities
Location:
Broken Bow
Purchased MW:
155 MW
NPPD Share:
81 MW
In-service:
2012/2014
Crofton Bluffs
Nebraska map with a circle showing location of Crofton Bluffs wind facility
Location:
Crofton
Purchased MW:
42 MW
NPPD Share:
21 MW
In-service:
2012
Elkhorn Ridge
Nebraska map with a circle showing location of Elkhorn Ridge wind facility
Location:
Bloomfield
Purchased MW:
80 MW
NPPD Share:
40 MW
In-service:
2009
Laredo Ridge
Nebraska map with a circle showing location of Laredo Ridge wind facility
Location:
Petersburg
Purchased MW:
80 MW
NPPD Share:
61 MW
In-service:
2011
Springview II
Nebraska map with a circle showing location of Springview II wind facility
Location:
Springview
Purchased MW:
3 MW
NPPD Share:
3 MW
In-service:
2011
Steele Flats
Nebraska map with a circle showing location of Steele Flats wind facility
Location:
SE Nebraska
Purchased MW:
75 MW
NPPD Share:
75 MW
In-service:
2013
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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 responsive to wind development legislation. While it doesn’t generate power all the time, wind energy is an important part of NPPD’s diverse generation mix.

See NPPD’s five day wind generation and NPPD’s wind generation at a glance.

Graph displaying total wind generation