Sempra buys 75-MW wind project in Nebraska

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has acquired and will develop the 75-MW Broken Bow 2 wind project in Nebraska, the company said Sept. 26.

When Broken Bow 2 is completed, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power will have joint-venture projects totaling more than 1,000 MW of wind generating capacity.

Sempra also announced it has executed an agreement to purchase forty-three 1.7-MW General Electric wind turbines to power the 75-MW wind farm. Located in Custer County, Neb., the Broken Bow 2 wind farm will generate enough renewable power for approximately 30,000 Nebraska homes with construction slated to begin in December 2013. The project is expected to employ about 300 workers during peak construction and to be in commercial operation by late 2014.

The entire power output from the wind farm has been sold to the Nebraska Public Power District under a 25-year contract.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire, build and operate the Broken Bow 2 wind project and work with the state of Nebraska as it continues to establish itself as a renewable energy leader,” said Kevin Sagara, vice president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power.

“Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Broken Bow 2 wind project will create hundreds of construction jobs and provide a substantial economic boost to the local economy,” said Melissa Garcia, President and CEO of Custer Economic Development Corp. “Wind energy development compliments Custer County’s business landscape and we look forward to seeing the project break ground later this year.”  

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) around the beginning of this year worked out an amended Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA), with the first version worked out in 2011 with prior wind project developer BP Wind Energy North America, and the latest version signed by Broken Bow Wind II LLCAlso a signatory to the deal was the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) as transmission owner.

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