July 3, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Invenergy Wind LLC (“Invenergy”) last week welcomed local, state, and federal government representatives, and business and community leaders, to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the commencement of commercial operations at its Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center (Prairie Breeze).
Prairie Breeze is a 118-turbine, 200.6 MW project located in Antelope, Boone, and Madison Counties.
The project interconnects into a 230 kV transmission line of the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) and output is purchased by the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) under long-term agreement.
“This wind farm is indicative of Nebraska’s commitment to energy independence and rural economic development,” said Gov. Dave Heineman. “Wind energy helps our local economy and our state economy. This is another important step toward controlling our own energy future.”
“As we look to the future, OPPD remains strongly committed to providing affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive services to our customers,” said OPPD Vice President of Corporate Service Sherrye Hutcherson.
“With Prairie Breeze, OPPD has surpassed its voluntary goal of producing ten percent renewable energy for retail sales by 2020. We’re delighted, in fact, that by 2017-2018, OPPD’s renewable energy portfolio will surpass thirty percent.”
“This is an exciting day for Invenergy as we celebrate our first energy generation project in Nebraska,” said Jim Shield, Chief Development Officer at Invenergy. “We appreciate the great alliance of local support that made this wind farm possible, including working with OPPD and NPPD. We’re proud that Prairie Breeze makes good business and environmental sense for all involved.”
Located on approximately 25,000 acres of private land, Prairie Breeze:
• Commenced commercial operation on May 1, 2014
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review
June 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The public will have an opportunity to view the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center Operations/Maintenance building on Saturday morning, June 28.
An open house will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Light refreshments will be served.
Parking will be available on-site. The building is located approximately one mile west of the intersection of Highways 70 & 14.
June 25, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Representatives from Antelope County, Invenergy LLC, OPPD and Governor Dave Heineman were in Elgin this morning (Wednesday, June 25). They, along with land owners and other invited guests, celebrated the official opening of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm Operations Center. Shown at the ribbon cutting ceremony are (l-r) Antelope County Supervisor LeRoy Kerkman, Elgin Mayor Mike Schmitt, Governor Heineman and three unidentified (at this time) Invenergy representatives. Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm, with 118 turbines, is the largest wind farm in the state of Nebraska. E-R photo
June 20, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Governor Dave Heineman is coming to Elgin!
Those believing he is the ’surprise’ celebrity for tonight’s opening ceremony of the Elgin Q125 celebration are in for a disappointment. Heineman is not expected to arrive in Elgin for the weekend celebration.
Instead, the governor will be one of the state dignitaries coming to Elgin on Wednesday, June 25, for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the commencement of operations at the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center.
The event, by invitation only, will be held June 25, beginning at 10 a.m. It will be held at the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center operations building located along Highway 70 in Elgin.
The event is not open to the public.
May 8, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Invenergy, owner of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy wind farm, issued a statement Wednesday, May 7, regarding the recent failure of blades on two separate wind turbine towers. The statement was made following an inquiry on the replacement of defective GE blades this past winter.
“The turbine manufacturer, General Electric (GE), had determined that a limited number of blades on turbines at the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center needed to be replaced due to a manufacturing defect, and completed doing so this past winter.”
Officials at GE and Invenergy have declined to state the number of wind turbine blades found to be defective and replaced during the winter months.