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Ribbon Cutting, Open House Dates Announced For Wind Farm

May 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Invenergy, owner of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy farm south of Elgin has announced two events to formally kick off operations.
Two ceremonies are being planned. According to Alissa Krinsky, director of communications for the corporation based out of Chicago, an official ribbon cutting will be held on Wednesday, June 25, at the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center Operations & Maintenance building on the northwest edge of Elgin. The building is currently under construction.
A second event, a community open house, will be held Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. The public is welcome to attend the open house.
Operations are expected to formally commence at the Center sometime in May.
“We’re excited to be part of the community,” Krinsky said.

This Isn’t Good….

April 24, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

During the past several days, one of the wind turbine blades on this Prairie Breeze Wind Farm tower northwest of Petersburg sustained damage. The cause of the damage has yet to be determined. But, it’s safe to say repairs will need to be made before it becomes operational. E-R photo

UPDATE

Here’s a statement from Invenergy, owner of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm

Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center

At approximately 1:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 21, a blade on a turbine at our Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center experienced a structural failure, with a section of the blade falling to the ground. No one was injured.

This occurred at the facility’s 51st unit, located east of the intersection of 170th Avenue and 125th Street in Boone County, northwest of the village of Petersburg and southwest of the city of Elgin.

The turbine ceased operation, and is not being operated at this time while we work with GE, the turbine manufacturer, to determine the cause of this incident.”

Line Approved For New Prairie Breeze O/M Building

March 13, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Antelope County Board of Supervisors last week lent their assistance to construction of an operations/maintenance (O&M) building for the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm.
Supervisors approved the application for a permit submitted by Prairie Breeze to place a permanent electric line beneath 520 Avenue which will be used for communication cable to connect from wind turbines to the O&M building which is presently under construction on the northwest edge of Elgin. All work on the electric line will be done to state specs.
The building frame is up and there are rumors that at least one hiring has been made to work at the O&M building. At the wind farm, commissioning continues on the 118 wind turbines located primarily in Antelope and Boone counties.
Construction of the wind farm is expected to be completed sometime this spring. Once operational, sometime later this year, power generated will be sold to Omaha Public Power District.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

Commissioning Of Wind Turbines Underway

February 14, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Construction of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy farm is entering a new phase.
Alissa Krinsky, corporate spokesperson for Invenergy, owner of the wind farm, told The Elgin Review Monday work is now underway to commission the wind turbines.
“Commissioning activity is underway on turbines at the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center,” she said. “This is the process by which a series of standard operational tests are performed on each turbine. The turbines are synchronized to the electricity grid and then certified as ready for safe and reliable operation.”
As technicians perform this work on-site, local residents may see turbines spinning off and on. She said just because the turbine is spinning does not mean it’s actually commissioned quite yet.
“This is an exciting time in the project’s development and we look forward to providing further updates in the near future,” she said.
Krinsky also provided an update on several other issues relating to the wind farm.
• Turbine blades — Work continues to replace a limited number of blades on project turbines. Invenergy issued a statment expressing their appreciation  of the patience landowners have shown as well as others in the community during the process.
• Operations & Maintenance building — The site has been graded and concrete foundations have been poured. Now, they are waiting for warmer weather to finish pouring the slab.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

Construction of Wind Farm To Extend Into Summer 2014

January 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

As the winds continue to blow across Antelope County, resumption of construction of wind turbines for the Prairie Breeze Wind farm is anyone’s guess.
Invenergy spokesman James Williams briefed the Antelope County Board of Supervisors about the status of the wind farm during last week’s meeting.
There was much to discuss between Williams and the supervisors in a free-flowing presentation which occurred near the end of the meeting.
Williams said 98 wind turbines have been constructed and 20 more remain. Of those which have been put up a number will need to be replaced.
Last month, Invenergy (owner of the wind farm) and General Electric acknowledged to The Elgin Review that a blade manufacturing defect had been detected on a number of blades.
General Electric, sometime this spring, will be replacing “a limited number” of turbine blades.
The blades’ anomaly has pushed back the date for completion of the wind farm which was supposed to have been completed in the first quarter of 2014.
To date, replacement wind turbine blades from General Electric have yet to arrive in Elgin.
The high winds being experienced in Antelope County this winter have hampered progress on the wind farm. Williams said when wind speeds are 20-25 miles per hour or higher, workers “don’t fly the rotary assembly.”
Still, Williams said the good news regarding blade replacement is that there are still cranes on site which will be used to take down, replace and raise the new blades into place when conditions are favorable. He said all the wind turbines should be in place and ready to produce energy by the summer months.
When completed, Williams said, Prairie Breeze will be the largest wind farm in the state.
For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

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