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September 04, 2002

First Nebraska Wind Plant Completed as Wind Activities Accelerate Nationwide

Construction of the first utility-scale wind facility in Nebraska was completed on August 28th. The Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group Inc. (TVIG) announced that the 10.5-megawatt wind plant should begin commercial operation on October 1st. The project was commissioned by the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska. See the TVIG press release.

A flurry of wind power activity has been occurring across the United States. In North Dakota, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU) is proposing to develop the state's largest wind power facility. Dakota I Power Partners will pursue a 20-megawatt wind plant in Dickey County, located in the southeast part of the state. In New York, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is pursuing its proposed offshore wind plant by requesting input from potential offshore wind power developers. Governor George E. Pataki also announced that the New York Power Authority is seeking proposals to develop 50 megawatts of wind power in the state. And finally, US WindForce announced a joint venture with Padoma Wind Power to develop as much as 1500 megawatts of wind energy projects, involving 10 or more project locations, over the next 5 years in the Mid-Atlantic region. See the press releases from MDU, LIPA, Governor Pataki, and US WindForce.

The large number of wind facilities currently being planned has led the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) to predict that 2003 will be a record year for wind power development. Although 2002 shows a slight dip, with only 400 to 450 megawatts of new wind power capacity, AWEA is predicting that 2,000 megawatts of new capacity will be installed in 2003. See the AWEA press release.