JEA, the municipal utility for the city of Jacksonville, told the Florida Public Service Commission in its annual Ten Year Site Plan, filed with the PSC on April 1, that it has terminated a power purchase deal with the Nebraska Public Power District.
In 2004, JEA entered into a 20-year agreement with Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to participate in a wind generation project located in Ainsworth, Nebraska. JEA’s participation in NPPD’s wind project allows JEA to receive environmental credits (green tags) associated with this project.
Under the wind generation agreement, JEA purchases 10 MW of capacity from NPPD’s wind facility. In turn, NPPD buys back the energy at specified on and off peak charges.
Said the ten-year plan: “With the expansion of JEA’s renewable portfolio within the State of Florida, additional landfill gas generation and new solar facilities, JEA exercised its right and sole discretion to terminate this contract pursuant to the Wind Generation Agreement between NPPD and JEA dated October 28, 2004. JEA’s formal notice of an April 30, 2017 termination was issued and accepted by NPPD.”
JEA is the eighth largest municipally owned electric utility in the United States in terms of number of customers. JEA’s electric service area covers most of Duval County and portions of Clay and St. Johns counties. JEA’s service area covers approximately 900 square miles and serves approximately 450,000 customers.