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Invenergy Announces Start of Commercial Operation of Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm

May 2, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Pictured above: This photo shows a small portion of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy farm that will be operational in the very near future. The far northwest corner of the Prairie View Wind Energy farm operations center just west of town along Hwy 70 is in the foreground. E-R photo

Pictured above: This photo shows a small portion of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy farm that will be operational in the very near future. The far northwest corner of the Prairie View Wind Energy farm operations center just west of town along Hwy 70 is in the foreground. E-R photo

Invenergy Wind LLC (“Invenergy”) today announced the completion of construction and start of commercial operation of its 200.6 MW Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center (“Prairie Breeze”) in Nebraska.

The project is sited on private land in Antelope, Boone, and Madison Counties.  Prairie Breeze consists of 118 GE 1.7 MW wind turbines, with output purchased by the Omaha Public Power District (“OPPD”) under long-term agreement.

“Prairie Breeze is Invenergy’s first wind farm in Nebraska, a state which offers one of the nation’s best wind resources,” said Jim Shield, Chief Development Officer at Invenergy.  “We’re proud to invest in Nebraska and in the economic future of the project area.  Invenergy appreciates the strong support for this project, and we are committed to sustaining a long and successful relationship with our host community.”

“The issue of renewable energy is an important one to the stakeholders of OPPD, especially 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. “We will continue to evaluate opportunities, like Prairie Breeze, where it makes good sense to expand our renewable energy portfolio.”

“OPPD voluntarily committed to produce 10 percent renewable energy for retail sales by 2020. With this project, we will already surpass that goal,” added Dean Mueller, Division Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship for OPPD. “In fact, by 2017, OPPD will have a renewable energy portfolio of 30 percent. You can only have that sort of progress when you have solid projects.”

Community economic benefits from Prairie Breeze include tax payments, lease payments to landowners, and staff salaries.  More than 230 skilled workers constructed the wind farm, with Blattner Energy serving as general contractor.  A full-time staff of thirteen now operates and maintains the facility.

About Invenergy
Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation facilities in North America and Europe. Invenergy is committed to clean power alternatives and continued innovation in electricity generation. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices throughout the United States, and in Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe.

Invenergy has developed more than 8,000 MW of clean energy projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including 65 wind, solar, and natural gas power facilities. For more information, visit www.invenergyllc.com.

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

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